Congress Closer to Protecting Chaplains' Conscience

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Congress has taken a step toward protecting military chaplains and troops who oppose homosexuality.

In a 36-25 vote Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., directs the military to accommodate those who are morally opposed to homosexuality. It also forbids leaders from holding views against them in promotions or training.
The panel also backed an amendment that bars same-sex marriages ceremonies on military installations. 

Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., sponsored the measure, which passed by a vote of 37 to 24.