Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:32 PM
William769 (37,150 posts)
Obama Calls GOP's Conscience Clause Unnecessary, Ill-Advised
President Obama made clear on Wednesday while signing a new Defense budget that he doesn't agree with a Republican attempt to sidestep marriage equality that is tucked inside.
"Though I continue to oppose certain sections of the Act, the need to renew critical defense authorities and funding was too great to ignore," the president said in a statement upon signing the annual Defense Authorization Act.
Outgoing Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri largely failed in his final attempt in December to ban same-sex weddings on military bases and to stop military chaplains from officiating. His language passed through the Republican-led House but not the Senate and was mostly stripped during a conference between the two.
What remains, though, is Section 533. It is a "conscience clause" aimed at military chaplains that guarantees they can't be forced to officiate a same-sex wedding. The clause was widely attacked as a waste of time by LGBT activists and by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who pointed out that existing military policy already ensured officiating any wedding is voluntary.
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Response to William769 (Original post)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:56 PM
rbixby (1,123 posts)
4. Okay, question here....
should military chaplains be forced to do this? Are chaplains necessary for military weddings? I guess its probably unneccesary legislation because it would be covered under the first amendment, right?
Response to loyalsister (Reply #5)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:33 PM
rbixby (1,123 posts)
7. I think so too
You wouldn't expect a catholic priest to marry a jewish or muslim or protestant couple.....but I think its kind of ridiculous to have to make a law where its already pretty well been defined.
Response to rbixby (Reply #4)
Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:01 PM
democrattotheend (7,445 posts)
9. I don't think they should
I strongly support same sex marriage but I understand that some people feel differently for religious reasons and I think that has to be respected. I do not support forcing clergy to perform same-sex weddings, just like I would not support forcing any doctor to perform an abortion.