There was a rumor lighting up the conservative blogosphere last week that the Navy had done the unthinkable: allowed Navy chaplains to perform weddings for gay couples if they want to! Oh no! Can you imagine anything so awful as permitting a free exercise of religion? What is this country coming to?
At first, this rumor was limited to anti-gay wingnuts, but now at last Lez Get Real has unearthed the actual memo. “If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then the base facilities may be used to celebrate the marriage,” writes Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd.
Previously, gays weren’t allowed to marry on base, regardless of whether they were service members.
Of course, the anti-gay industry is aghast, and claim that this should put the breaks on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. “It violates the most fundamental aspects of repeal,” says weirdo Tony Perkins. “Obviously, opening up the chaplaincy to this kind of attack makes it even more uncomfortable for men and women of faith to perform their duties.”
Guhhhhh, what? Apparently free exercise of religion is an “attack” now?