A definition of marriage: Legal -or- Religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of two people to live together as a couple.
Keep that in mind as the apologists for the military try to twist the language in order to deny that this was an actual “marriage.” They are merely fooling themselves:
Army Chaplain Performs First-Ever Military Same-Sex Nuptial Ceremony in Chapel at Fort Polk in La.
By Pete Winn
(CNSNews.com) – An Army chaplain has performed the first same-sex nuptial ceremony on a military base–one involving two lesbian soldiers.
The ceremony took place in Louisiana, a state where same-sex marriage is not legal, so it is being described as a “religious” ceremony only.
Rep John Fleming, M.D. (R-La.) told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that the U.S. Army had confirmed to him that the chaplain had performed the ceremony less than a month ago in the base chapel at Fort Polk, which is in Fleming’s district.
“It is my understanding that this is the first ceremony of its type on an American military base and that is, as it’s reported, it was a wedding ceremony between two members of the same gender who are uniformed members of the Army,” Fleming said in an interview with CNSNews.com.
Officials at Fort Polk and in the Army Office of Chief of Chaplains did not respond to CNSNews.com inquiries about the case. A spokesman for Fort Polk told the Associated Press that the event was not a marriage ceremony but a “same-gender private religious ceremony.”
In other words, a marriage.
Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom, told CNSNews.com that he had been briefed about the ceremony, which took place about three weeks ago in the base chapel.
A Disciples of Christ chaplain performed a “marriage-like” commitment ceremony for the two lesbian soldiers, Crews said.
“They were very careful in the wording, from what I understand, to make this only a religious ceremony,” Crews told CNSNews.com.
Again, in other words, a marriage.
The Disciples of Christ denomination allows its clergy to perform same-sex “commitment” ceremonies.
As a side note: Suicidal cult leader & avowed socialist, Jim Jones, was ordained by the Disciples of Christ. Methinks they really don’t know anything about Christ!
“That raises the question about the new DOD policy that allows a chaplain to do a marriage-like ceremony in a military chapel in a state that has a clear definition of marriage in their state law,” said Crews, whose organization represents more than 2,500 Christian military chaplains.
“I think there’s something wrong with that picture,” Crews added.
Yup, Obama’s DOGMA (Defense Of Gay Marriage) is coming home to roost.
Rep. Fleming, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the Army confirmed that the ceremony was not billed as an official marriage.
“As it’s characterized, this ceremony occurred only as a religious ceremony, it was not intended or advertised to be a lawful or legal union,” Fleming said. “Such marriages between persons of the same-sex are not recognized by the state of Louisiana, so it can’t be a lawful or legal marriage ceremony.
Do I really have to repeat myself a third time?
“That’s a bit distressing in itself, because, why go through this, except for social or cultural experimentation, or to push forward or propagate somebody’s agenda?” Fleming asked.
“I just think it’s inappropriate to use military facilities for that purpose,” he added.
Rep. Todd Akin [My Representative!] (R-Mo.), chairman of the Seapower & Projection Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, blasted the military for allowing the ceremony to be held in a military chapel.
“It is very concerning that a same-sex ceremony would occur on a military base in a state where the definition of marriage has been clearly defined as between one man and one woman,” Akin said.
In a statement, Akin wondered whether the action violates the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which was recently overturned by a judge in San Francisco.
“This appears to be a case where a political agenda has trumped the rule of law, which is absolutely unacceptable,” Akin said.
In 2011, Akin offered an amendment to H.R. 1540 which was stripped by the Senate.
Last month, the Missouri Republican offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 which would protect service members and chaplains from recriminations based on their concerns regarding same-sex marriage.