No gay weddings for thousands of military chaplains
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C —
(AP) - Representatives of more than 2,000 military chaplains say the clergy they send to the armed forces
won't perform same-sex marriages, even though the Pentagon says they can.
The Rev. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who represents Roman Catholic priests in the military, both say their chaplains won't violate their faith tenets by marrying same-sex couples.
The Pentagon memo said no chaplain will be forced to do so.
But the Protestant and Catholic chaplain endorsers also object that allowing same-sex weddings on military bases ignores the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Crews says Congress should declare that no federal facilities may be used to circumvent federal law.