Skip to comments.Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels
Posted on 05/09/2011 6:16:00 AM PDT by markomalley
(CNSNews.com) Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perform the ceremonies -- if homosexual marriage is legal in the state where the unions are to be performed.
The advisory came in the form of an April 13 memo issued to all chaplains, in which the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd, said the Chaplain Corps was revising its Tier I training manuals, which had previously indicated that same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property.
Instead, Tidd called for chaplains to comply with service-wide efforts underway to be more accepting of homosexuality and same-sex marriage as the end of the military policy on homosexuality nears.
Citing "additional legal review" by Navy attorneys, the admiral said the Navy "has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral.
If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then the base facilities may be used to celebrate the marriage, the admirals directive states.
The admirals memo also gives chaplains permission to "marry" homosexual couples but would not force them to perform ceremines.
Regarding chaplain participation, consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage: if it is conducted in accordance with the laws of the state which permits same-sex marriages or union; and if the chaplain is, according to applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that states marriages.
Navy spokeswoman Alana Garas confirmed the change was ordered, but told CNSNews.com that the document does not reflect a change in policy, but a change in Tier I training for Navy chaplains that looks forward to when Dont Ask Dont Tell is removed something which will not happen, she said, until 60 days after the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify to Congress that repeal will not harm military readiness.
But Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is concerned that, in its haste to hustle-in homosexuality, the Navy may be violating federal law the Defense of Marriage Act.
Offering up federal facilities and federal employees for same-sex marriage violates DOMA, which is still the law of the land and is bound to the duties of our military, including chaplains, Steve Taylor, communications director for Akin, told CNSNews.com.
The administration and various states may be operating as if DOMA doesn't exist, but the Navy and Marine Corps and all the Armed Services are sworn to obey the law, which this new instruction violates, he added.
Tom McLusky, vice president of government relations at the Family Research Council, agreed that the Navy is totally ignoring DOMA, part of which defines marriage for federal government purposes as being between one man and one woman.
Youre talking about government facilities and government employees, so it would seem to be a direct violation of DOMA, McClusky told CNSNews.com. Im not seeing a lot of wiggle room there.
He said conservatives had warned months ago that the push to repeal the military ban on homosexuality would lead to efforts to introduce same-sex marriage -- but were dismissed at the time.
This is what we thought was going to happen, and unfortunately now its happening, McClusky said.
Unfortunately, the military is getting out in front on this issue and when you have a president who doesnt believe the Defense of Marriage Act is a law he needs to follow, its no surprise that the military would follow his lead, he added. The president may think hes above the law, but hes not. If he has a problem with the Defense of Marriage Act, thats something that he needs to address legislatively, not just by ignoring it.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), said the change in training was a good example of the type of uncertainty and confusion created in the rush to change the previous policy.
Trying to make sense of this issue, for example, is something that should have been thought out beforehand assuming the administration was even serious about doing this efficiently, fairly and respectfully, Hunters communications director Joe Kasper told CNSNews.com.
Hunter plans on offering an amendment to the annual defense bill to require that all of the chiefs of the armed services not just the chairman -- would have to submit certification that removing the military ban on homosexuality wouldnt harm unit cohesion and military order.
Four states plus the District of Columbia currently issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Maryland, New York and Rhode Island recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Wait till you see straight men and women sued for sexual harrasment for turning down a sexual advance by a Homosexual.
Just flat out ignore the law. That is the SOP of this Obominstration and DemocRats.
This policy has the full support of the Navy’s Rear Admirals.
If a chaplain is a Christian ,who believes the Bible ought be taught -so opposes this national sin (embracing same sex sexual orientation) both as a Patriot and as a Christian chaplain. If they refuse to sanction the sin will the sinners then be allowed to sue the chaplain-and the Navy (Which is direction we are being led by the Progressives) Or will the Navy simply force out the Christians(As it seems want to do already)
Dems and Republicans - same
Military Chaplains Face Court-martial for Religious, Conscience Objection to Homosexual Conduct?
The U.S. Army has officially threatened military chaplains they must either embrace the new openly homosexual military, resign from service, or face court-martial for their religious, conscience objections. The Pray In Jesus Name Project has obtained leaked copies (unintended for media disclosure) of a private briefing given to chaplains, threatening them with court-martial unless they compromise their Christian message.
And I believe that was the plan all along. To the hardened Left, the enemy is Christianity.
Always was, and always will be.
“There will be a bunch of chaplains resigning.”
Really? I don’t recall reading any stories about a Soldier, Sailor or Marine who has fallen on their sword over DADT. It seems folks are more interested in their retired pay than taking a risk and refusing to go along with this PC garbage.
You are so right. And if they can get the most macho organization(s) of all - the military - to accept this crap then others will follow. Brilliant strategy by the left. Why can’t our side plot and scheme like this?
I am with you on that statement. This repeal of dadt made my decision to retire this year very easy. I learned that we have MANDATORY dadt classes this weekend.
Little did the Village People know when they wrote that song “In the Navy” some 25 years ago...
This is the real purpose of the "gay" tolerance policy: to eliminate from the ranks or at least lessen the proportion of military personnel with socially and religiously conservative values. Replacing them with minorities (especially blacks), homosexuals, and secular, nihilistic types will provide the powers that be with a military more malleable to domestic goals, such as forcible disarmament of civilians. This was what happened in Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution and in other Communist countries.
Words fail me.
By the military allowing all this it set precedence and they will use our gay friendly military to shove their agenda down our throats in every court.
Dumbest damn move the military ever could have made.
Is this the current Chief of US Navy Chaplains?
Navy Flag Officer Biography
Rear Admiral Robert F. Burt
Chief of Navy Chaplains
Rear Admiral Robert F. Burt
A native of Springfield, Ore., Rear Admiral Robert Burt enlisted in the Navy in May of 1970 and completed boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla. in July. His enlisted service included three years as a Communications Technician and three and a half years aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as a Data Processor.
After his honorable discharge in March of 1977, Burt completed his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Eugene Bible College. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Ore. in May, 1981. An ordained minister of the Open Bible Churches, Burt is endorsed by the National Association of Evangelicals for military chaplaincy.
God help America.