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Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels
Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/9/2011 | Pete Winn

Posted on 05/09/2011 6:16:00 AM PDT by markomalley

( – 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 admiral’s directive states.

The admiral’s 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 state’s marriages.”

Navy spokeswoman Alana Garas confirmed the change was ordered, but told 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 Don’t Ask Don’t 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

“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.

“You’re talking about government facilities and government employees, so it would seem to be a direct violation of DOMA,” McClusky told “I’m 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 doesn’t believe the Defense of Marriage Act is a law he needs to follow, it’s no surprise that the military would follow his lead,” he added. “The president may think he’s above the law, but he’s not. If he has a problem with the Defense of Marriage Act, that’s 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,” Hunter’s communications director Joe Kasper told

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 wouldn’t 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.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: armyofsodom; bho44; bhodod; bhohomosexualagenda; chaplain; dontaskdonttell; fdrq; homosexualagenda; marriage; moralabsolutes; pinkpanthers; samesexmarriage; sodomrising; usnavy
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To: MichaelP

That far?

Wait till you see straight men and women sued for sexual harrasment for turning down a sexual advance by a Homosexual.

41 posted on 05/09/2011 7:23:21 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: markomalley

Just flat out ignore the law. That is the SOP of this Obominstration and DemocRats.

42 posted on 05/09/2011 7:23:56 AM PDT by fwdude (Prosser wins, Goonions lose.)
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To: markomalley

This policy has the full support of the Navy’s Rear Admirals.

43 posted on 05/09/2011 7:29:31 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Barack was Mohammed's horse. Obama is a horse's back side.)
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To: markomalley

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)

44 posted on 05/09/2011 7:30:29 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Cheerio

Dems and Republicans - same

45 posted on 05/09/2011 7:36:58 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.

46 posted on 05/09/2011 7:40:15 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Responsibility2nd

And I believe that was the plan all along. To the hardened Left, the enemy is Christianity.

Always was, and always will be.

47 posted on 05/09/2011 7:41:07 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: yldstrk

“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.

48 posted on 05/09/2011 7:43:12 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Joe 6-pack

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?

49 posted on 05/09/2011 7:56:13 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: markomalley
"The admiral’s memo also gives chaplains permission to "marry" homosexual couples – but would not force them to perform ceremines."

How long do you think this will last? Before long, they will be forced to do so. Incidentally, nice spelling on ceremonies there editor and writer.

So at the end of the sword line, who do you whack on the butt when it's two guys or two girls?
50 posted on 05/09/2011 7:58:12 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: matginzac
This turns my stomach and I wonder what the HELL is going on the military these days?

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.

51 posted on 05/09/2011 8:03:09 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The American taxpayer cannot support the tax and spend habits of DC.)
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To: markomalley

Little did the Village People know when they wrote that song “In the Navy” some 25 years ago...

52 posted on 05/09/2011 8:05:19 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: plain talk
A large portion of our military, particularly in the front line units, is made up of socially conservative men, with a disproportionate number of Southerners and evangelical Christians. The net effect of this compulsory tolerance of perversion will be a decline in enlistments and re-enlistments from socially conservative backgrounds.

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.

53 posted on 05/09/2011 8:08:00 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: markomalley

Words fail me.

54 posted on 05/09/2011 8:10:48 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: All
I told my wife, when DADT was repealed, this would be the way gays would get everything they wanted.

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.

55 posted on 05/09/2011 8:16:46 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: markomalley
“authorizes” or “orders”?
56 posted on 05/09/2011 8:17:35 AM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific!)
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To: markomalley

Bloody Hell!

57 posted on 05/09/2011 8:27:15 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: markomalley

Is this the current Chief of US Navy Chaplains?

Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Robert F. Burt
Chaplain Corps
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.

58 posted on 05/09/2011 8:33:21 AM PDT by supermop (queer learnings?)
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To: markomalley
I just cried when I read this....I really did. I think I have lived long enough now and can't stand to see my Country sink any lower in this kind of dung.

God help America.

59 posted on 05/09/2011 8:40:56 AM PDT by mickie
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
How long do you think this will last?

Until God destroys America. Let's face it - the Beltway Republican party has no stomach for this fight and even if we get a Republican president and take the Senate in 2012, they will make no effort to reverse this. Right now, the Republican establishment is waiting with baited breath for tea party enemy Mitch Daniels to announce his candidacy.
60 posted on 05/09/2011 8:52:17 AM PDT by Yet_Again
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