Seems like the armed forces just won’t let the homophobia go…
The Navy has abruptly reversed its decision to allow chaplains to perform same-sex marriages once the military’s ban on openly gay service members is lifted, after dozens of House lawmakers complained.
Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, chief of Navy chaplains, issued a one-sentence memo Tuesday announcing that the earlier decision has been “suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and inter-departmental coordination.”
A senior Navy official told Fox News the legal counsel determined the suspension would be necessary “until broader legal and policy questions are answered.”
The original memo would have allowed for Navy chaplains to perform gay marriages in states where it is legal only after the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is repealed. Military training to apply the new law allowing gays to serve
Those opposed to the idea have this to say:
“We find it unconscionable that the United States Navy, a federal entity sworn to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States, believes it is their place alone to train and direct service members to violate federal law,” said the lawmakers’ letter, which was signed by 63 House members.
The lawmakers asked Mabus to direct the Navy to defend the Constitution, adding that individuals should not be allowed to pick and choose the laws they will follow.
In addition, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., also plans to offer an amendment Wednesday that would bar military facilities from being used for same-sex marriages.
The Navy’s decision triggered an uproar, particularly since the Army and Air Force had not made similar decisions, and there was no overall Defense Department guidance issued on the same-sex marriage issue.
Those in favor of same-sex marriage still plan to fight the good fight.
…an advocacy group opposed to “don’t ask, don’t tell” urged the Navy to return to its original decision.
“The Navy and their lawyers got this right last month. Facilities use in the ‘Don’t Ask’ post-repeal world should be sexual orientation neutral. We are confident that the ‘additional legal and policy review’ promised by the Navy will lead to the same result as the one announced in April,” said Aubrey Sarvis, director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “This should focus on the law, not on the irrational fears of opponents who want to interject the gay marriage debate into the Defense spending bill where it does not belong.”
We don’t know why they are even still fighting this issue. Gay people have just as much right to be as miserable as married straight people! LOL! But seriously, now more than ever we need qualified people in our armed forces and whether they are gay, blue, green, have 6 toes, etc we want them to protect us and defend us to the best of their ability.
What do you think? Is the Navy just trying to keep “Don’t ask, don’t tell” alive to oust gay that want to serve openly??