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Akin's Letter Helps Halt Same-Sex Civil Unions on Navy Bases

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You should have stuck to your guns, Rear Admiral Tidd!
The Navy has reversed course on its momentous decision to allow same-sex civil unions to be performed by chaplains on bases. And it's thanks in part to Missouri's own U.S. representatives Todd Akin and Vicky Hartlzer, plus 61 of their colleagues. As Chad Garrison reported yesterday, Akin drafted a letter saying that the policy violated 1996's Defense of Marriage Act.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military's "compromise" ban on openly gay troops signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Then, last week, the Navy released a memo saying that in states where same-sex unions are legal, chaplains would be allowed to perform the unions at chapels on bases, and could receive training on doing so.

But, thanks to the controversy and this letter, Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, the Navy's head chaplain, has released another memo, saying that the new policy has been "suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination."

The original decision didn't force chaplains to perform the ceremonies -- they were free to opt out. And such ceremonies could only be performed in states where such unions were legal anyway, and only after the full repeal of the Clinton-era policy went into effect later this summer.


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guest
guest

So, am I the only one sophomoric enough to giggle about the "rear admiral" part?

Billly
Billly

Well thank God for that - now the economy will turn around!

Miss Anthropissed
Miss Anthropissed

Like it or not, it did violate DOMA. That was the stupidity of Obama repealing DA/DT before DOMA. Now, if one of a same sex couple married in a currently accepting state was to be killed in action, the survivor would get nothing. Thanks, DOMA. Thanks, Clinton. Thanks, Obama. No Republicans needed for second class citizenship!

NedFlaherty
NedFlaherty

"Miss Anthropissed" wrote — incorrectly — that "Like it or not, same-sex weddings did violate DOMA."

That’s untrue.

DOMA says that the federal government will recognize only opposite-sex marriages, and will ignore all same-sex marriages; but it says nothing about the constitutional right to perform a legal, private, religious wedding ceremony with one’s own chaplain.

Since such ceremonies are automatically granted for all opposite-sex couples, it is unconstitutional to deny them for same-sex couples.

America was founded upon freedom of religion and freedom from religion, any law that interferes with a couple’s right to have a legal, private wedding ceremony is unconstitutional

ColinSTL
ColinSTL

I said this on the original story yesterday: It's time to start calling the GOP by its true name. The Christian Nationalist Party.

Justin
Justin

Todd Akin, Vicky Hartzler, and their ilk in Congress are delusional homophobes.

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