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Santorum: Obama Has ‘Instructed’ Military Chaplains To ‘Break The Law’

By Zack Ford  

"Santorum: Obama Has ‘Instructed’ Military Chaplains To ‘Break The Law’"

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took to the stage today at the Values Voters Summit and criticized a recent Pentagon memorandum allowing chaplains to perform same-sex marriages. Santorum argued that the ruling “instructed” chaplains to “break the law”:

SANTORUM: The Defense of Marriage Act. The President of the United States won’t even defend the law in court. An abomination! And worse than that, just recently, he has instructed his military chaplains to marry people in direct contravention — marry gays and lesbians — in direct contravention to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage in federal law as between a man and a woman. So not only did the President not defend the law, he has now instructed people in the military to break the law.

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This rhetoric directly contradicts what the memo to military chaplains actually said:

A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law. Further, a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion or personal beliefs. Finally, a military chaplain’s participation in a private ceremony does not constitute an endorsement of the ceremony by DoD.

Santorum joins the chorus of conservative groups who apparently believe that military chaplains should be prohibited from performing same-sex marriages. They are arguing that “religious liberty” should only apply to chaplains who share their beliefs, offering no regard whatsoever for the many religious leaders who believe in marriage equality. The priority, as always, is demonizing and ostracizing same-sex couples.

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