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Evangelical, Catholic chaplains say they’ll perform no same-sex weddings

Two large groups of the U.S. military’s chaplains say they will perform no same-sex weddings.

“A coalition representing more than 2,000 Evangelical Christian military chaplains says its members will not perform homosexual ceremonies,” reports Jeremy Kryn of LifeSiteNews. “The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty announced October 5 that it is joining the Catholic Archdiocese for Military Services to say ‘no’ to the September 30 Pentagon directive authorizing military chaplains to do homosexual marriages.”

The Alliance told Kryn that while the Pentagon acknowledges a chaplain’s right not to participate in homosexual “marriage” ceremonies, the new policy has placed the Pentagon “in the midst of a deeply controversial issue during a time of ongoing war.” In its announcement, the Pentagon said homosexual “marriage” ceremonies could be held at military chapels across the nation.


The Catholic Archdiocese for Military Services said no Catholic chaplains in the military will participate in such ceremonies, pointing to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council told OneNewsNow that the Pentagon’s decision to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex weddings — whether on or off military installations — is telling military clergy to defy the Defense of Marriage Act.

House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman Todd Akin (R-Mo.)  has also said that the new policy violates the Act.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Allan

    This same situation has long existed in regard to divorced military personnel wishing to re-marry. No chaplain is required to perform a marraige if such a marraige would be against the teaching of his faith.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mrs Thomasina LaVita

    Thank you Evangelical and Catholic Chaplains, for standing up for(FATHER,SON and HOLY SPIRIT the (HOLY TRINITY)JESUS will take care of all sooner than we think and know.GOD BLESS You all for standing up again.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment rmcq

    So I guess this means “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is officially dead?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment usworker

    YES! as CHRISTIANS we must stand for what Jesus and our lord God commands – not what a court of men and women on this earth.

    It does appear that we Americans are heading into an era where it will be demanded that we stand and be counted one with our Lord.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    However there are those chaplains in the military that WILL marry those of the same gender and that is very good. Christian love to some obviously means equality excludes those of the same gender who wish to be married. The word marriage is not owned by religion, even though some seem to think it should be or is. Marriages are performed by non-religious persons all the time—judges, justices of the peace etc. Those folks are just as married as ones who do so in a religious setting with a religious representative performing it. The same right should be extended to those who happen to be of the same gender—equality.

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