The Texas National Guard refuses to process benefit requests from gay and lesbian servicemembers.

As of Tuesday, servicemembers in a marriage with a member of the same sex could apply for spousal benefits such as military I.D. cards, healthcare coverage, housing allowances and survivor benefits. The Pentagon announced last month that it would recognize the legal marriages of gay troops following a Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited federal agencies from recognizing such unions.

According to the AP, Major General John Nichols, the commanding general of Texas Military Forces, wrote in a letter to servicemembers that his agency was unable to process applications from gay couples because Texas constitutionally bans such unions.

Nichols encouraged servicemembers “affected by this issue” to enroll at one of 22 Texas bases operated by the Department of Defense

A spokesman for Texas Governor Rick Perry said that as a state agency, the Texas Military Forces must obey state law.

Alicia Butler was advised to travel 90 miles to apply for the benefits.

“It's so petty. It's not like it's going to stop us from registering or stop us from marrying. It's a pointed way of saying, 'We don't like you,'” said Butler, who is raising a daughter with her wife Judith Cedville, a nurse and Iraq war veteran stationed at Camp Mabry as a member of the National Guard.