Kissin' Corporals

Queers Still Can’t Serve in the Army, But At Least Now We Can Get Married on Their Bases

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?

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  • the crustybastard

    If you can believe an ancient Sumerian deity dictated your holy book via supernatural messenger creatures and various psychics, and you have a personal relationship with a Jewish zombie who insists you devote your life to making gays miserable in advance of their eternal torment in the afterlife…perhaps logic may not be your particular wheelhouse.

  • Flex

    I love the fake outrage. ““It violates the most fundamental aspects of repeal,”” “says weirdo Tony Perkins.” The bigots act as if the gays never intended to be treated exactly like everyone else under the law. Maybe they’re more surprised that people can get married on a military base. This is another facility they didn’t realize their precious marriage bans had a grip on. The best revenge of the gays will be to live equally protected under the law.

  • Cam

    Hey, if the Chaplins don’t want to do it, then they don’t have to take a job that pays them out of the taxpayers pocket.

  • Shannon1981

    Doesn”t DADT repeal give Chaplains an out? No one is being forced to go against what they believe in.

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