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Administration Opposes Attempt to Bar Same-Sex Marriage on Military Property and Shield Military Chaplains
Gee, who couldn't see this one coming?
Wedding ceremonies performed by military chaplains are NOT necessary for a couples' union to be recognized by the armed services. I know this from having been married twice while in the USN, both times it was off base, all I had to do for the wife to be recognized as my dependent was produce a valid marriage license showing we were wed. End of story.
A gay couple could do the same, the chaplain's office has nothing to do with certifying military dependents.
Theres been such a full fledged charge to protect the rights of gays who want to marry or serve in the military. Why not throw a bone to those who object to gay marriage? Thats what protecting a military chaplain from being forced to wed a same-sex couple would be. It insures no one is acting against the wishes of God Almighty as is understood by their religion. Like it or not, tolerance should go both ways.
For about half of my career, one of my collateral duties was running seminars on service members' rights & responsibilities. Interesting job, you get to tell little Tommy that his enlistment contract does NOT specifically guarantee him diddle squat. If you don't believe me, go get a generic contract from any recruiter (they're probably also available somewhere online). When I got trained up for this position we spent a lot of time joking about how recruiters were similar to used car salesmen except for the high standards of integrity. If you're looking for a plum job with possibility of it becoming a career, don't join the military. FWIW, I'd do it all over again. But I digress.
My point is that nowhere in those contracts will you find anything forbidding racial or sexual prejudice. Even the stinking military knows they can't practice mind control. You CAN DEFINETLY be prohibited from the expression of non-PC views. But holding them is still legal in our armed forces, or was as of January 1993.
So IMO the Administration is setting up a scenario where they can not only forego reading someone's mind to determine thoughtcrime, they're getting ready to force any non-PC religous believers out of the military. End of story.
Just wait. In a few years when "Alonzo" places a crucifix in his locker you'll see someone with an agenda claim feeling intimidated and uncomfortable because "Alonzo" is Catholic and the beliefs of his Church are bigoted and constitute hate crime. It will be done just as easily as tossing "Rufus" out because he very vociferously promotes membership in the Sons of The Confederacy.
As I said, just wait. It'll happen and it won't matter who is in the Oval Office. We live in interesting times.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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