How quick will the lawsuits hit military chaplains who choose not to perform same sex marriage?

The Pentagon says they can, unless, of course, it violates their own personal beliefs.

From the AP:

Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.

The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon’s personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Some members of Congress have objected to military chaplains performing same-sex unions, saying it would violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

The Pentagon says a military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn’t required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs.

The Pentagon also says Defense Department property may be used for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies such as same-sex unions, as long as it’s not prohibited by state or local laws.

How long until the ACLU cries foul? Or until a gay servicemember decides in his heart of hearts he really wanted that Catholic chaplain to perform his ceremony?

And is this the path to sue the Defense Department to recognize SSM for benefits? Sounds like it, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be ironic if the repeal of DADT were the catalyst for the government to be forced to recognize SSM in totality. DOMA could fall as a result.


4 Responses

  1. Bingo. You’ve got the path of this whole thing nailed down, PJ. Only a matter of time til it plays out.

  2. Where is all this sexual perversion leading to? Check out this freakin story:

    The little boy who started a sex change aged eight because he (and his lesbian parents) knew he always wanted to be a girl
    Parents say it’s better for Thomas to have sex change before he is adult

    Read more:

  3. Let’s see, the 2012 presidential election date is Tuesday, November 6.

    My prediction: The persecution of a resisting military chaplain (Roman Catholic or Evangelical) will become public during Obama’s post-election vacation in some tropical paradise.

  4. [quote]Wouldn’t it be ironic if the repeal of DADT were the catalyst for the government to be forced to recognize SSM in totality. DOMA could fall as a result.[/quote]

    No, not ironic. This was the point all along.

    (oh, and get ready, because we’re going to be paying for sex-change operations, too; they’re already trying to “get recognized” as cross-dressers or some such)

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