Dec. 13, 2013
The other day I told you about former Army Sgt. Earl Rector and his husband, Alan Rodriguez, a Dallas couple who were denied a home loan through the Department of Veterans Affairs because Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.
Rector and Rodriguez were married in Seattle on Nov. 22. They returned to Dallas and were planning to buy a new house in Oak Lawn. They’d been pre-approved for their loan, but eight days before closing, they were informed that the VA couldn’t guarantee it.
At issue is a section of U.S. Code requiring the VA to define marriage based on a couple’s state of residence, rather than where their marriage was celebrated. Because same-sex marriage isn’t legal in Texas, Rector and Rodriguez’s marriage isn’t recognized by the VA, and therefore Rodriguez’s income couldn’t be used to qualify the couple for the loan.
Rector and Rodriguez appeared on Fox 4 in Dallas last night to talk about their situation. Rector said they now plan to get conventional financing, but it will cost them $50,000 more over the life of the loan.
“We’re not the only ones that are going to be put through this,” Rector said. “This is an issue that’s going to affect all soldiers and all veterans in Texas that get married and want to use their VA benefits. The state of Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is going to affect them. They’re on hold. They’re not going to be able to proceed with their lives. That is a problem.”
WATCH IT BELOW.
— John Wright