Military chaplains may perform same-s...

Military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, Pentagon says

There are 23 comments on the NOLA.com story from Sep 30, 2011, titled Military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, Pentagon says. In it, NOLA.com reports that:

The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.

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Aida Lott

Milford, NJ

#1 Sep 30, 2011
Let the whining begin.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#2 Sep 30, 2011
EXCELLENT!!

Oh the irony of using freedom of religion AGAINST the anti-gays!!

I predict the anti-gays in Congress are going to go absolutely apeshit over this!!!

“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#3 Sep 30, 2011
Wait for it...wait for it...do I hear screaming in the distance??? Here it comes!!!

Since: Feb 10

Woodstock, Illinois

#4 Sep 30, 2011
Can't wait to hear from McCain on this one. LOL.

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#5 Sep 30, 2011
Ron431 wrote:
Can't wait to hear from McCain on this one. LOL.
Do you know which one of the trolls he is? I knew he wouldn't use his real name but I can't quite tell which one he is.

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#6 Sep 30, 2011
WeTheSheeple wrote:
EXCELLENT!!
Oh the irony of using freedom of religion AGAINST the anti-gays!!
I predict the anti-gays in Congress are going to go absolutely apeshit over this!!!
And just imagine how loud the closeted ones will scream! Oh wait, the anti-gays are the closeted, my bad.
Glyndon in Alexandria

Toronto, Canada

#7 Sep 30, 2011
I am left with the question of whether the chaplains can perform same-sex MARRIAGES in states that allow such things. DOMA doesn't forbid same-sex unions, so DoD is on solid ground here, but DOMA does address same-sex marriages. It appears to me that (based on this report) DoD has forbidden its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages, even in the context of chaplains from the United Church of Christ or the Unitarian-Universalists (both of which honor same-sex marriage). Thus, it appears that DoD is allowing their chaplains to do pastoral care so long as it has no legal implications.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#8 Sep 30, 2011
Ron431 wrote:
Can't wait to hear from McCain on this one. LOL.
I think his head just exploded like a giant pumpkin whacked by a baseball bat!!!!!!!!!!

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Schwenksville, PA

#9 Sep 30, 2011
This declaration will be all Little Rickie Santorum, (former Sen., PA, Frothy Lube Party,) will need to declare in his next debate for the Tea Bag brain dead that military chaplains are now required to have homosexual relations with service members.

Since: Feb 10

Woodstock, Illinois

#10 Sep 30, 2011
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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I think his head just exploded like a giant pumpkin whacked by a baseball bat!!!!!!!!!!
Can we get a video of that? I will make the popcorn!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#11 Sep 30, 2011
Glyndon in Alexandria wrote:
I am left with the question of whether the chaplains can perform same-sex MARRIAGES in states that allow such things. DOMA doesn't forbid same-sex unions, so DoD is on solid ground here, but DOMA does address same-sex marriages. It appears to me that (based on this report) DoD has forbidden its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages, even in the context of chaplains from the United Church of Christ or the Unitarian-Universalists (both of which honor same-sex marriage). Thus, it appears that DoD is allowing their chaplains to do pastoral care so long as it has no legal implications.
Go to the DOD website and it's clear.

Military chaplains CAN perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples on or off base so long as it is legal in that state.

DOMA only addresses the definition of marriage in the context of obtaining federal benefits. NO WHERE does it say gays can't get married, just that the feds won't recognize any such marriage for benefits.

This is a clear case of religious freedom- ironic isn't it.

“WAY TO GO”

Since: Mar 11

IRELAND

#12 Sep 30, 2011
Ron431 wrote:
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Can we get a video of that? I will make the popcorn!
Wow, that should be funny tot watch and yes, let the whining begin from the Religious Reich!!!

Good for the Chaplains.......it should be their decision and not Congresses in the first place.

One should let their own conscious be their guide!!!

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#13 Sep 30, 2011
I predict a loud-but-short-lived boom. It was foolish to release this directive prior to the official end of DADT--it's red meat for the homophobes. There are still a few who have not accepted their utter defeat at Obama's hands, but they're less and less relevant every day.

Most Americans understand that the military has no business proscribing chaplains from performing legal, peaceful, and non-disruptive ceremonies.

“Take Topix Back From Trolls”

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#14 Sep 30, 2011
One more nail in the coffin of DOMA. The US military brass just opened the ever dripping faucet another turn.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#15 Sep 30, 2011
Reverend Alan wrote:
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Do you know which one of the trolls he is? I knew he wouldn't use his real name but I can't quite tell which one he is.
McCain doesn't know how to 'do the google'
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Look for smoke signals from the southwest
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#16 Sep 30, 2011
Glyndon in Alexandria wrote:
I am left with the question of whether the chaplains can perform same-sex MARRIAGES in states that allow such things. DOMA doesn't forbid same-sex unions, so DoD is on solid ground here, but DOMA does address same-sex marriages. It appears to me that (based on this report) DoD has forbidden its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages, even in the context of chaplains from the United Church of Christ or the Unitarian-Universalists (both of which honor same-sex marriage). Thus, it appears that DoD is allowing their chaplains to do pastoral care so long as it has no legal implications.
We'll work on that tomorrow; sugar
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Today; we celebrate
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This is *HUGE*!!!!

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#17 Sep 30, 2011
I would actually love to see the Religious Reich try to sue to stop the chaplains from performing same-sex marriages....

Wouldn't it be interesting, after all their screaming and crying about marriage equality taking away their religious freedom, if they were actually stupid enough to try to sue to stop other people's religious services????

Of course, we all know that they've been trampling all over every one else's religious freedoms since the first Europeans started slaughtering the native populations "in the name of Christ" so they're obviously comfortable with the concept....

“Brutally honest. ”

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#18 Sep 30, 2011
Does anyone else see this as a step in the right direction for the repeal of DOMA? I think this might be a kind of pre-step to the future on this one.

One thing is for certain, the GLBT community cannot afford to see a Republican win office in 2012.

“Take Topix Back From Trolls”

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#19 Sep 30, 2011
DOMA is already all but dead. The WH and Justice Departments decision to no longer defend it pretty much nailed the casket shut. It's all downhill from here although I would really, really appreciate it if the House Republican attorney defending DOMA would lose a couple big cases. That would help as much as this move by our armed forces. Defending the indefensible and that natural loss really helps future legal cases a great deal.
whitefalcon1678 wrote:
Does anyone else see this as a step in the right direction for the repeal of DOMA? I think this might be a kind of pre-step to the future on this one.
One thing is for certain, the GLBT community cannot afford to see a Republican win office in 2012.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#20 Sep 30, 2011
whitefalcon1678 wrote:
Does anyone else see this as a step in the right direction for the repeal of DOMA? I think this might be a kind of pre-step to the future on this one.
I do
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When military gay married couples return home after their tour of duty; their state and local governments will have to record and coordinate their military marriage records at the local courthouses; if for no other reason but to keep geneology records straight without falling hopelessly behind
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get ready
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Its coming to courthouses around America and in your neck of the woods
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There is no way to dodge it anymore

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