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Tony Perkins On Navy Weddings

"If the administration keeps pounding its agenda through the military, we'll need the Navy SEALs to rescue marriage. Last week, we started to see some of the fallout from the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal. Without bothering to consult Congress-or the law-Navy officials decided to revise their training manuals to better accommodate same-sex 'marriage.' In a letter to the chaplain corps, Rear Admiral M.L. Tidd says it starts by freeing up military chaplains and facilities for homosexual weddings. 'This is a change,' Tidd wrote, 'to previous training that states same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property.'

"Call it what you will, but that's not a change to 'training'--that's a circumvention of U.S. law. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)--which governs not just the military, but every federal entity--states that marriage is the legal union of a man and woman. Now that the ban on homosexuals in the military is overturned, the White House is trying to enlist the troops in its war on DOMA. And if the administration won't uphold the law, then it shouldn't surprise anyone that the President would order the military to ignore it." - Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, calling the decision to allow gay weddings on Navy bases "an assault on religious freedom."

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