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Republican Congressman Tries to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies on Military Bases

February 1, 2012

I didn’t realize there was a sudden boom in lesbian and gay people getting married on military bases, but reports that a Republican congressman from Kansas is terrified of the prospect. They said:

Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp is sponsoring a bill that stipulates the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” cannot be used to force chaplains to do anything against their beliefs, he said in an announcement Friday, including marrying gay partners.

“It will also protect the freedom of those in the military to express vocally the tenets of their faiths. And it will make certain that our military facilities are not used in contravention to the federal Defense of Marriage Act,” he said. “Military installations exist to carry out the national defense of our nation, not to facilitate a narrow social agenda.”

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network says the proposed bull is “another round of resistance tactics that have already been rejected by Congress and the American people.” I would add that this is another example of the right wing claiming that equal rights for LGBT people mean the equal rights of bigots are at risk.

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