The Department of Defense has ordered military chaplains to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in states that have legalized it.
According to CNS News:
In May, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, authored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), to make it clear that the 1993 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) applies to federal employees and federal property.
DOMA not only protects states from being forced to accept homosexual marriages, it defines for federal purposes that marriage is between one man and one woman, said Aiken.
“So, if the Department of Defense decides that they are going to have government-paid chaplains on government property performing homosexual marriages, they’re in direct violation of DOMA,” Akin told CNSNews.com.
“When you see essentially laws being created or ignored by the executive branch, that says we are bordering on lawlessness,” Akin added.
Akin went on to say:
“One of the things that’s increasingly alarming to many Americans is the nature of various agencies of the federal government that either make up their own laws or try to create their own law when they do not have law-making authority,” Akin told CNSNews.com on Friday.
“In this case, it appears that the Department of Defense under Obama – and probably at Obama’s instruction — has decided to ignore federal law and instruct the military to do things which are in fact illegal to do,” said Akin, who is the chairman of the Seapower & Projection Forces Subcommittee for the House Armed Services Committee.
“And that is a very dangerous precedent for our Department of Defense — to do things that the law says that they’re not allowed to do,” said the congressman.
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- Military chaplains can perform same-sex marriages (politico.com)