A lesbian religious ceremony last month between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman at Fort Polk in Louisiana has angered several lawmakers, as well as many other people.
The same-sex religious ceremony was performed by an Army chaplain in the post chapel.
U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana was especially upset that the ceremony occurred in his state. He said, "A same-sex marriage-like ceremony should not have occurred at Fort Polk, especially since the people of Louisiana have made it abundantly clear that our state does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions."
We agree with Rep. Fleming that a same-sex marriage-like ceremony should not have occurred at Fort Polk, since Louisiana does not recognize this kind of a ceremony.
In fact, we believe that same-sex ceremonies should not be allowed to be held on any military base that is located within a state that prohibits such ceremonies.
On the other hand, if a state has already legalized the performance of same-sex marriage ceremonies -- such as New York -- then these ceremonies should be allowed to be held at military installations within that state.
Indeed, this policy results in a win-win situation with regard to same-sex ceremonies at U.S. military bases.