Navy Revolks Chaplins Rights To Perform Gay Marriages After Uproar From GOP and Anti-Gay Hate Groups

The Washington Post is reporting that United States Navy is revoking its permission to its navy chaplains that it can conduct same-sex marriages at military chapels following an uproar by GOP politico’s and anti-gay right wing hate groups claiming the move would violate a law prohibiting federal recognition of gay marriage. (DOMA)

In a memo last month from Navy Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd said that same-sex marriages would be permitted at military chapels in states that recognize gay marriages once the gay ban ended.  Navy chaplains would not be required to officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies if it was inconsistent with religious beliefs and that gay marriages could occur on base because Navy lawyers had concluded that “generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral.”

Conservative anti-gay hate groups such as The Family Research Council and Elaine Donnelly, founder of the Center for Military Readiness went ballistic

Said Donnelly:

They don’t know what they’re doing, they don’t have a clue,”  (Tidd’s decision) “demonstrates what we’ve been saying all along — this isn’t leadership,” she said. “In this case, a senior officer issued something that is contrary to common sense, sound policy and the assurances given to Congress

Donnelly who is one nasty, anti-gay, piece of work has no actual experience serving in the military, but that hasn’t stopped her from establishing a career as president of the Center for Military Readiness through which she crusades against women out of active duty and gays out of the the military.  Donnelly who got her start in politics working alongside Phyllis Schlafly in defeating the Equal Rights Amendment has made it her mission to ensure that women do not serve in combat and that gays do not serve at all while making outrageous statements, such as her suggestion that retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili recent call for the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was somehow tied to a stoke he had suffered.

How scary that these are the “things”, because I shudder to say people that out Government listens to.  They are nothing more than thugs, bullies and terrorist who scream the loudest but actually have a few followers.

For the Navy ti fold to them is an embarrassment on that branch of the service and also the country.

Via:  The Washington Post

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