Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mil. Archdiocese Head: Mil. Policy Ignores DOMA; Considers It Illegal for Chaplains to Marry Mil.Gays

The Catholic News Agency website reports today (October 1, 2011) that the head of the U.S. Military Archdiocese says that a new set of rules -- which allows chaplains to perform same-sex "marriages" on military property -- appears to disregard federal law.

"The Pentagon's new policy... appears to ignore the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law 15 years ago and remains in effect," said Archbishop Timothy Broglio in a statement on September 30.

His comments were in response to a pair of memos issued on September 30 -- just 10 days after the official end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy against open homosexuality.

The Defense Department memos convey that a military chaplain can officiate in any private ceremony -- on or off a military base -- provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by state or local law.

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