Uhh, Terry. It's 2012. Same-sex couples can marry in six states plus the District of Columbia. It's perfectly legal. A few other states allow civil unions or domestic partnerships with all the rights and responsibilities of marriage.
I'm surprised you didn't know this.
I remember when societal norms included separate Help Wanted ads for men and women in the newspapers, prohibitions on interracial marriage, legally mandated racial segregation.
You are not making any sense.
I'm calling you out Matt. You're a liar. Republicans DON'T seek to quash religious freedom. This is nothing more than a same sex marriage issue and in case you haven't noticed, many states both Democract and Republican have voted down gays marrying.
How is it a lie? Republicans want to ban same-sex marriage ceremonies on military bases. They're claiming it's a religious freedom issue, when they are the ones trying to suppress the freedom of those whose religions (or lack thereof) have no problem with same-sex marriages.
How is it a lie, sprightly?
Military Religious Freedom Protection Act - Requires the sincerely held religious or moral beliefs of a member of the Armed Forces concerning the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality to be accommodated and not the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment (adverse actions). Prohibits a military chaplain from being directed, ordered, or required to perform any duty, rite, ritual, ceremony, service, or function (ceremony) that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs (beliefs) of the chaplain or the chaplain's faith group. Prohibits the refusal of a chaplain to perform a ceremony that is contrary to such beliefs from being the basis of any adverse actions. Requires the Secretary of Defense to issue regulations setting forth guidance to implement such requirements and prohibitions. Prohibits a military installation or other property owned, rented, or otherwise under the jurisdiction or control of the Department of Defense (DOD) from being used to officiate, solemnize, or perform a marriage or marriage-like ceremony involving anything other than the union of one man with one woman.
Has the federal governent legalized same-sex marriage?
Short of some Federal law or SC decision instituting same sex marriage, there is no obligation for the military to allow it. Saying it has violated some religious belief is a clever end run but not one likely to succeed. If someone is claiming a restriction of their religious rights, they should be asked what religion they are talking about. None that I know of endorses gay marriage.
The federal government doesn't "legalize" marriage; it only recognizes it. While it does not recognize such marriages, does that mean it should bar such marriages on federal or military property in places where they are legal?
Furthermore, I want to call out those who think the only way to preserve their religious freedom is to totally disregard the religious freedom of those who think differently.
That being said, there’s really no need for this bill. It’s seeking to ban what’s not possible under current federal laws. So I suspect it’s just more anti-gay paranoia being waved about like a flag to attract a certain class of voter.
And though the military does often require chaplains to do funny things – in Vietnam I once saw a rabbi perform Sunday services for a bunch of Catholics and Protestants - it couldn’t compel a Catholic priest to marry anyone if such a marriage conflicted with Church doctrine.
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