Gay Marriage at Issue in Pentagon Budget Bill

The Baptist Press gives details of amendments to the House defense bill that prevent same-sex marriages from taking place on U.S. military bases. According to one amendment sponsor, Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss:

This amendment is intended to clear up any doubt and reinforce the [Defense of Marriage Act’s] authority as it applies to those installations.

What is at stake here is the religious liberty of all military service members including chaplains. The report asserts that,

The Obama administration issued a statement saying it “strongly objects” to these amendments protecting chapels and the conscience of chaplains and other service members. The administration stated those provisions “adopt unnecessary and ill-advised policies that would inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter a recognized relationship.”

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