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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is openly opposing an effort in the House to pass a measure that will protect military chaplains from performing gay marriages or other same-sex ceremonies.
According to Pelosi, the gay marriage issue is a “manufactured crisis.”
Pelosi told CNSNews that “it’s a fraud. It’s a – welcome to the world of manufactured crises. Here’s one. So I think that this bill, it’s a very serious bill, the Defense Authorization bill. It’s about protecting our country. And to sprinkle it with almost scare tactics that somebody is proposing something that we have to prevent is really a frivolous exploitation of a very serious piece of legislation.”
Pelosi, as usual, is lying.
GING-PAC endorsed Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (MO) is the man who offered the amendment to the Defense Authorization bill to protect the religious liberties of our military chaplains.
Akin told Fox News recently that “There is a war on religious belief in the military.” Akin has received numerous complaints from military chaplains that are coming under attack for their stand against gay marriage.
The fact that the Obama Administration has stated that is “strongly objects” to the protections that Akin wants in the authorization bill indicates that military chaplains will eventually be forced to perform gay weddings against their religious beliefs and moral standards. The Obama Office of Management and Budget claimed that the amendments would “inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter into a recognized relationship under state law.” The OBM also claimed that the amendments are “potentially harmful to good order and discipline” in the Armed Forces.
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, announced today that the House Armed Services Committee adopted his amendment to protect the religious liberty of all military service members and military chaplains in particular. The amendment is in response to requests from military chaplain organizations who have reported an uptick in censorship and recriminations for chaplains and service members who have moral or religious concerns about same-sex marriage. The issue has become particularly acute since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last year. The Akin religious liberty amendment was adopted by a vote of 36-25, and the committee approved the full bill after 2AM this morning. Congressman Akin released the following statement:
“Yesterday the President announced his new position on same-sex marriage, and used the military as a campaign prop to advance the liberal agenda. Whatever Obama’s views may be, I find it appalling that the he would so blatantly use the military for political cover on this controversial issue. Our sons and daughters don’t volunteer for the military to be used to promote a political agenda.
“This liberal agenda has infiltrated our military, where service members and chaplains are facing recrimination for their sincerely held moral and religious beliefs. Moral or religious concerns about same-sex marriage or the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell have become potentially career-ending. Obama’s use of the military to justify his new support for same-sex marriage will only add fuel to this fire, potentially forcing service members and chaplains to violate their own conscience or face recriminations.
“For this reason, I offered an amendment last night to protect the religious liberty of military service members and their chaplains. Our service members are putting their life on the line for our country. We should not respond by limiting their religious freedom. These heroes are fighting to defend the Constitution and our freedom. We cannot allow their Constitutional freedoms to be violated.”
The Akin amendment creates a statutory conscience protection clause for members of the military in general and military chaplains in particular. The amendment language was developed in conjunction with a number of Members of Congress, including Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Steve Palazzo. In addition, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty strongly supported the amendment, and the Archbishop for Military Services explicitly endorsed the Akin amendment.
In 2011, Congressman Akin led the effort to fight back against gay marriage on military bases. Akin offered an amendment to H.R. 1540 which was stripped by the Senate.
The FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) was reported out of the House Armed Services Committee favorably and is expected to be considered on the House floor next week.”
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