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US Navy preparing chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriages

Catholic World News - May 10, 2011

The US Navy has begun training chaplains to solemnize same-sex marriages, despite a federal law that bars the practice.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which became law in 2006, defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and stipulates that the federal government will not recognize any other form of union as a marriage. The DOMA faces several legal challenges, and earlier this year the Obama administration announced that it would not longer defend the legislation against the charge that it is unconstitutional.

Nevertheless DOMA remains federal law, and 62 members of Congress have written to the Secretary of the Navy, asking for an explanation of a policy that seems a clear violation of that law.

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  • Posted by: impossible - May. 11, 2011 12:01 AM ET USA

    TheJournalist64 has pegged it correctly. It's a freedom of religion issue. Obama and his thuggish crew, including his CINO's (Catholics in name only), are bound and determined to destroy the number One bulwark against immorality - the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - May. 10, 2011 8:52 PM ET USA

    The first question is, will enough chaplains, Catholic or non, have the courage to refuse to follow this directive and force it to be rescinded. The second question is, will the Church make a concerted effort to support the chaplains if they do refuse. If the Church wishes to truly shepherd the military flock, she must not abandon her chaplains to this travesty.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 10, 2011 7:42 PM ET USA

    It is clear that one of the unstated objectives of homosexual activists is to force us clergy to do the impossible--"marry" two men or two women to each other. The military is one of the most rigid climates and legal environments in the world, and it may soon be impossible for a Catholic clergyman to serve in the armed forces. The ultimate goal, remember, is the destruction of the Church and her ministries.

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