By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly


Oh good. Republicans are at it again, getting big government out of our lives, fighting the good fight–this time around, two prominent Republican congressmen took to television and airwaves to denounce a same-sex commitment ceremony held at an Army base in Louisiana, arguing it broke the law–both the AP and The Advocate first reported the story.

After the repeal of DADT, the Defense Department announced chaplains at military bases can officiate any sort of private ceremony, provided that said ceremony is not prohibited by any state or local laws. And, to be clear, Louisiana is not one of the states currently recognizing same-sex marriages and/or civil unions. This we all know.

Representative John Fleming, from Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District, contends that because the ceremony between the two women was “marriage-like,” it should have been stopped.

His colleague took it a step further. Representative Todd Akin, from Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District–and who’s presently sponsoring a measure to ban same-sex weddings of any kind at any military bases–said the base where this all went down violated state law because it didn’t stop the ceremony from happening.

Officials from the base in question say everyone knew it wasn’t a wedding and no law has been broken. But that won’t stop the anti-gay crusaders, who continue to toss around their arguments.

“This appears to be a case where political agenda has trumped the rule of law. Which is absolutely unacceptable.” –Rep. Todd Akin

“The liberal social experiment with our military continues. My frustration is compounded by the fact that a social agenda, which has nothing to do with military readiness or national defense, is being imposed on our men and women in uniform.” –Rep. John Fleming

For the record, there have been no substantiated reports from any reputable agency or official regarding the “social agenda” impeding “military readiness or national defense.” In this case, a couple of ladies just wanted to have a little commitment ceremony.

Social agenda indeed.



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