Wednesday, October 05, 2011

No 'Gay Marriage' Says Military Archdiocese

The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, says it will continue to hold firm on marriage at the Catholic Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

But homosexualists won't stand for this. The recent acceptance of sexual deviancy in the military is not enough, they say, as they garner their forces to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

For background, read Celebrating Gay Victory over Military: Obama White House and also read Obama, Senate Full Assault on Marriage Begins as well as Obama Pushes Court to Rule Against Marriage

-- From "No Same-Sex Weddings at West Point's Catholic Chapel, Says Military Archdiocese" by Pete Winn, 10/3/11

“Holy Trinity is an actual Catholic parish, unlike the non-denominational chapels that are found on other military installations, and the only services held there are Catholic services. The Catholic Church does not perform the sacrament of matrimony for same-sex couples,” [said Taylor Henry, director of public affairs and media relations for the Archdiocese].

What about other Catholic chapels on other military bases?

What non-Catholic chaplains do in nondenominational chapels on U.S. military grounds around the world will be up to the military, but no Catholic chaplain is authorized to perform a same-sex marriage under any circumstances,” Henry added.

[Military Services] Archbishop Broglio, meanwhile, has denounced directives issued last week by Under Secretary of Defense Clifford Stanley and DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson clearing military chaplains to perform same-sex weddings in military chapels.

“The Pentagon's new policy, as outlined in these two memos, appears to ignore the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law 15 years ago and remains in effect,” Broglio said in a statement released last week.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Repealing DADT Is a Major Step Forward, But There's Still More Work to Be Done" by Christine C. Quinn (the lesbian speaker of the New York City Council) 10/4/11

The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell sends an important message . . . But while this is a big step forward for the gay and lesbian service members, and the country at large, the repeal of DADT still doesn't mean complete equality in our armed forces.

. . . the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents the military from recognizing same-sex marriages. Even if a service member marries in a state that legally allows same-sex marriage (something, I am proud to say we recently passed in New York), their spouses will receive limited benefits.

[DOMA] reminds us that as far as we have come, we are still a long way from granting full equality to our LGBT service members.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay couples, allies set eyes on ultimate prize: Marriage" by Curtis Tate, McClatchy Newspapers 10/3/11

Now that the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is history, gay rights advocates and their supporters in Congress and the Obama administration are shifting their focus to repealing state and federal laws that define marriage as between one man and one woman.

President Barack Obama, while stopping short of a full endorsement of same-sex marriage, told one of the nation's leading gay rights organizations Saturday that he would work to repeal the law. Earlier this year, his Justice Department said it would stop defending it in court.

"I believe the law runs counter to the Constitution, and it's time for it to end once and for all," Obama said at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner Saturday in Washington. "It should join 'don't ask, don't tell' in the history books."

Federal law permits states to define marriage any way they choose, and 37 of the 50 states have defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Bishops Say Obama Destroying Societal Norm

It's all about this: 'Gay Rights' Winning, Loss of Religious Liberty Documented - Washington Post writer demonstrates it's a "zero sum" game: Winning homosexual 'rights' means Christians must lose freedom of religion.