The Cable News Network website reports today (June 8, 2012) that a lesbian ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from angry lawmakers yesterday.
"The private religious ceremony" took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would not confirm any other details.
U.S. Rep. John Fleming -- a Louisiana Republican whose congressional district includes the Army post -- said the military confirmed to him that the same-sex ceremony was performed by an Army chaplain in the post chapel.
Upset that the ceremony occurred in Louisiana, Fleming 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." He also called for the passage of legislation that would prevent such ceremonies from occurring on military facilities in the future.