Looks like World Nut Daily is at it again. They have a nice article where Senator Jim Inhoffe claims that chaplains are being forced to marry same-sex couples against their will. What’s particularly interesting is that a) the Pentagon’s policy says the exact opposite and b) there’s not one shred of evidence.
Inhofe told WND’s Greg Corombos further frustration flows from the inability of active duty military to publicly disagree with their orders.
“You won’t find many active chaplains who will tell you the truth about this because you know what will happen to them if we do,” Inhofe said. “But you get the retired chaplains, I don’t know of one exception that isn’t outraged by this and saying that government can’t come along and dictate the moral principles that they have always had – both before their current career and up to the present time.”
Not one chaplain has come forward to make this claim, and the first same-sex ceremony on a military didn’t happen until this past summer. The chaplain who officiated the ceremony was a Lutheran chaplain who was all too happy to be the celebrant.
“We asked [about holding the ceremony on the base], and they were very open about it, but [said], ‘No one has ever asked us this question before,’” Umali said in a Facebook chat hosted by Slate. “We did not get any push back from the base or leadership. All they asked was that we be patient because this was the very first one.”
About 150 friends and family attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Evangelical Lutheran Church Navy Chaplain Kay Reeb.
There’s not exactly a huge influx of gay weddings being held on military bases. They’re only allowed where such marriages or unions are legal, which is just a handful of states.
As a reminder — Pentagon policies and orders are that chaplains are ALLOWED to marry same-sex people if they choose to do so. They are not REQUIRED to perform such weddings. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. CNN posted the exact policy:
“A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law,” a memo released Friday says. “Further a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion.”
I don’t have to prove that World Net Daily is lying — Inhoffe and WND made the claim, and it’s THEIR responsibility to back up their claim with evidence — or even at least a single chaplain who was “forced” to marry a gay couple.
Don’t hold your breath.
Hat Tip: Joe