Chaplains Denounces Gay Ceremony on Army Base
A military chaplains' organization is speaking out against a lesbian ceremony held at a U.S. Army chapel in Louisiana.
Ron Crews, executive director the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said Fort Polk's chaplain may have acted in accordance with his church teachings, but he should have considered state law and pending legislation in Congress.
Fort Polk is located in Louisiana, a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions.
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., also has a bill in the House that would ban military installations from being used for a same-sex marriage or a marriage-like ceremony.
A Fort Polk spokesman Scott Stearns has said the women's ceremony was a commitment ceremony, not a marriage.
But Crews said that made no difference, according to state law.
"While the ceremony was not a marriage, it is clear that this was in fact a marriage-like ceremony, and it was performed on a military base in a state that has a clear definition of marriage in their state law," he said.