Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land has called on President Obama and Congress to overturn immediately the Pentagon’s approval of gay “weddings” on military bases and by military chaplains.
The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) urged the White House to repeal the decision and the federal government to enact a policy that is faithful to its law defining marriage as a union only of a man and a woman. Land made the requests in an Oct. 13 letter to Obama and an Oct. 12 letter to congressional leaders.
The ERLC decries the Pentagon’s action, Land said, “and we are outraged by the brashness of this attack on traditional marriage. We urge swift action to repeal these decisions.”
The Pentagon’s action, Land said, also violates the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law that defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman. “[W]e declare that the military should not be allowed to subvert recent, bipartisan, and public approved legislation by supporting and sponsoring same-sex marriage,” Land said.
The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the policy changes Sept. 30, only 10 days after its ban on open homosexuality in the armed services was officially lifted. The reversal came in two memos: (1) One clarified that a chaplain may participate in a private wedding at or away from a military installation if such a ceremony is not outlawed at the state or local level; (2) the other said decisions about the use of military facilities for private occasions “should be made on a sexual-orientation neutral basis, provided such use is not prohibited by applicable state and local laws.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press