NAVAL GAZ­ING

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“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.)

Num­bers, opin­ions, fit­ness plans to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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