Almost immediately after that, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and the Catholic Archdiocese for Military Services both informed the DOD that they will not be officiating at any gay wedding ceremonies, which was a permitted response. Shortly after that, we learned through representatives for the Military Chaplains Association that most of the military's chaplains don't believe this will be a problem since they are not required to officiate at gay weddings if they don't want to.
Further adding to the mess was the first of several attempts by GOP politicians to ban chaplains from officiating at gay weddings, voluntarily or not, on- or off-base. Period. In other words, they are so concerned about the religious liberties of people who disagree with marriage equality that they are willing to trample over the religious liberties of those gay and lesbian service members who believe in the sanctity of marriage as well as those chaplains who believe in inclusive marriage.
chaplain officiated at the commitment ceremony of two lesbians at Fort Polk Army Base in Louisiana, a state that does not recognize marriage equality or civil unions or domestic partnerships or any of the other marriage-lite marriage alternatives that heterosexual people believe gay couples should be happy with. Three Republican congressmen (all from Louisiana) have used this incident to speak out against both this policy and DADT's repeal:
HUELSKAMP: Americans should be outraged at what happened at Ft. Polk. Not only is it a clear violation of the State of Louisiana’s law to allow this “ceremony” to go forward, but this happened despite last year’s assurances from the Department of Defense that state law recognizing only traditional marriage would be respected and upheld. They clearly lied.For their part, Fort Polk spokesmen have clarified that "everyone at the base chapel understood it was not a marriage ceremony." It should also be noted that it is not illegal in Louisiana or anywhere else for GLBT people to hold commitment ceremonies.
FLEMING: The liberal social experiment with our military continues. My frustration is compounded by the fact that a social agenda, which has nothing to do with military readiness or our national defense, is being imposed on our men and women in uniform.
AKIN: This appears to be a case where political agenda has trumped the rule of law, which is absolutely unacceptable.