“Regarding the use of base facilities for same-sex marriages, legal counsel has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation-neutral. This is a change to previous training that stated same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property,” wrote Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, the U.S. Navy’s chief of chaplains, in an April 13 memo to Navy chaplains.
“The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is that the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. This new guidance from the Navy clearly violates the law. While our president may not like this law, it is unbelievable that our Navy would issue guidance that clearly violates this law. While a state may legalize samesex marriage, federal property and federal employees, like Navy chaplains, should not be used to perform marriages that are not recognized by federal law.” (Rep. Todd W. Akin, Missouri Republican, in a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, signed by 62 other lawmakers.)
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