The North Carolina National Guard is making a perfectly reasonable choice to recognize same-sex marriages, which will provide benefits to families who have not been eligible for them.
This follows the Pentagons decision to recognize such unions after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which forbade federal agencies from recognizing same-sex relationships.
National Guards are both federal troops and state militias, but early signs from Gov. Pat McCrorys office were that he was going to leave this decision to the federal officials. Hed be wise to choose that course.
Theres a curiosity here because North Carolina is one of the states with a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage, an unfortunate and unnecessary restriction pushed by conservatives in the General Assembly.
It is a foolish law that will fade in time, as rising generations have more enlightened views about gay rights.