Rep. Todd Akin Seeks Support for a Letter to the Senate Leadership Defending Marriage on Military Bases

Congressman Todd Akin, R-MO, is a long-time champion of family values, a former Army officer, and father of 6 children, including two who have attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  Representative Akin, the chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, is fighting Barack Obama's left-wing agenda which is being imposed on the courageous members of America's military.  
 
The latest outrage by the Obama administration with regards to the weakening of the United States military by this administration is to allow homosexual "marriages" on American military bases.  Representative Akin and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-MO introduced an amendment which passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives earlier this year.  Their amendment will clarify that federal employees and federal property can only be used to support marriages in a manner consistent with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.)  DOMA passed the House of Representatives by a whopping margin of 342 to 67 and in the Senate by a gargantuan margin of 85-14. 
 
It is beyond comprehension that the extremist Obama administration is trying to impose its immoral values upon the most conservative entity in the federal government:  the United States military.  Indeed, it is an unconstitutional scheme on the part of Barack Obama and his administration. 
 
Christian Coalition of America supporters need to urge their Member of the House of Representatives to sign on to Congressman Todd Akin's letter to his colleagues in the House which will be sent to the Senate leadership asking them to vote for the Akin/Hartzler amendment to the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act.  This amendment will require the Department of Defense (DOD) to adhere to U.S. law and follow the guidelines set forth in the Defense of Marriage Act. 
 
Directly below is the list of signers to the letter at this time and a "Dear Colleague" sent by Congressman Akin to his colleagues in the House of Representatives.

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Current Cosigners (21): Boustany, Burton, Conaway, Fleming, Franks, Graves, Hartzler, Herger, Huelskamp, Jones (NC), Jordan , King (IA), Kline, Lamborn, Lankford, Latta, Miller (FL),  Palazzo, Pitts, Roby, Wilson (SC)

Dear Colleague:

Please consider joining me in asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to include an amendment to their version of the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act to require the Department of Defense (DOD) to adhere to U.S. law and follow the guidelines set forth in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  As you may know, DOMA was enacted in 1996 by a bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

A memorandum signed on April 13, 2011 by the Chief of Chaplains of the Navy stated that:

“If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then base facilities may normally be used to celebrate the marriage.”

This is a clear breach of U. S. law and another attempt by the White House to advance itsliberal agendawithout the consent of American citizens.  DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman.  The use of federal property or federal employees to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.  Over 2,000 military chaplains have expressly said that they will not participate in any ceremony that results in a homosexual union.

In May the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and included my amendment on this issue. My amendment, which is now the position of the House of Representatives, makes clear that federal employees and federal property can only be used for marriage ceremonies that are consistent with DOMA.

Please join me in sending the attached letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressing the need for complementary language in their version of the NDAA that supports and upholds U.S. law.

To sign this letter, please contact William Ditto at [email protected] or 2-2484, by COB Friday, October 28.

Sincerely,

W. Todd Akin
Member of Congress
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Dear Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,

As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996.  The law of the land is that the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law.

In April, a memo from the Navy Chief of Chaplains issued new guidance to ignore federal law, which was temporarily suspended.  On September 30th, 2011 the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD) released a second memorandum stating that in connection with the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT),  the “use of DoD real property and facilities for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies, should be made on a sexual-orientation neutral basis.”  This statement is nothing more than a reissuing of the original April guidance.  Rather than using the term “marriage,” the Department of Defense has merely written the guidance broadly in an attempt to avoid questions about whether its policy is in violation of DOMA.  The application, however, of this new policy will undoubtedly violate DOMA.

This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent.  DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.

When the House of Representatives passed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in April, the Akin and Hartzler amendments were adopted which clarify that federal employees and federal property can only be used to support marriages in a manner consistent with DOMA.

We recognize that the National Defense Authorization Act is well underway and needed funds for our troops should be expedited without delay. However, we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws will be obeyed. We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application.