Military chaplains ask Congress to intervene in response to Pentagon’s gay marriage proclamation

posted at 4:05 pm on October 6, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty isn’t happy about the Pentagon’s recent proclamation to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies both on and off federal bases. Rev. Ron Crews, executive director of the group, says the policy change violates federal law, which defines marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. He is joined in that opinion by Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who represents Roman Catholic priests in the military.

The two religious leaders are now calling on Congress to intervene to prevent any federal facility from being used in flagrant disregard of the Defense of Marriage Act.

In a press release, Crews said:

“By dishonestly sanctioning the use of federal facilities for ‘marriage counterfeits’ that federal law and the vast majority of Americans have rejected, the Pentagon has launched a direct assault on the fundamental unit of society – husband and wife.”

We call once again for Congress to affirm that the federal definition of marriage applies to the Department of Defense and that no federal facilities may be used to circumvent federal law.  In addition, we call on Congress to enact a ‘Right of Conscience’ clause in the Revised Title 10 code to ensure that no American,  and especially not our service members, be forced to deny their religious beliefs.”

Obama’s own Justice Department has decided not to defend DOMA, but perhaps Congress thinks more highly of the laws it has enacted than the administration does and will respond accordingly to the request of Crews and Broglio. That seems doubtful, though. In the meantime, a “Right of Conscience” clause seems like a very wise idea. While the Pentagon proclamation stipulates that no chaplain will be forced to perform same-sex unions and Crews and Broglio have already said none of the chaplains they represent will do so, it might not be such a stretch to foresee a time in which the Pentagon might require military chaplains to perform such ceremonies. Consider the legal trouble Catholic Charities has encountered for its refusal to accept gay couples as candidates for foster parents or adoption. Nothing lost by an added protection that does nothing to limit chaplains friendly to the idea of same-sex unions but that does everything to ensure freedom of religion for those who oppose them.

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There will be sexual assaults of young recruits by gay officers etc. due to repealing DADT as well.

scotash on October 6, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Oh, brother.

JetBoy on October 6, 2011 at 5:57 PM

History didn’t start in the year 2000. If heterosexuals did it to women, why wouldn’t homosexuals do the same?

Aberdeen Scandal

TugboatPhil on October 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM

The policy is against the law of the land-DOMA is law and the Pentagon has no right to go around our laws just to please the gays. Personlayy I am sick to death of the gays and their demands- Now they want to allow transgenders in the military.

Bullhead on October 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM

For goodness sake, gays and lesbians are already allowed to be in our Armed Services. They just could not disclose that they were homosexual until Obama said that they could actually admit it. So the fact that gays can now admit that they are who they are, they are going to start raping other soldiers? The overwhelming number of male soldiers are still going to be straight.

SC.Charlie on October 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

SC.Charlie on October 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

How are you still not getting this?

Placing people who are sexually attracted to each other together in military units has always been a catastrophe. Gays caused problems in the military before DADT. During DADT the problems got worse. Repealing DADT will make the problems even worse. That’s the issue. Not your stupid little strawman.

The problem with arguing with liberals is not that they are unable to understand the issue; it’s that they refuse even to recognize it.

vermin on October 7, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I don’t know where you found that cover pic, Tina, but I wouldn’t use it going forward if I were you. There’s almost nothing right about it from the detailed eye of a veteran. The flag is reversed (stars should be displayed in the upper left corner,) the uniform and cap is wrinkled, the hair is too long, and the saluting hand isn’t straight. It’s just… off.

As for gays in the military, I’ve long held that they were always serving in secret, but the new open rule doesn’t do anything to increase troop readiness. (Tho we’ll have to see if it decreases readiness. I don’t think it will as our military is amazingly flexible. We live to serve any demand of our civilian leadership, after all.)

That said, I totally agree chaplains need an opt-out clause should gay marriage conflict with their faith. It’s called tolerance of differing beliefs. Something the Left should understand, but probably won’t.

Kadnine on October 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM