Congressmen are speaking out following the performance of a same-sex ceremony on a military base in Louisiana.
The ceremony, which involved two lesbians, took place a few weeks ago in the military chapel of Fort Polk in the city of Leesville. It was conducted largely in secret by a chaplain for the Disciples of Christ.
Same-sex marriages and civil unions are not recognized in the state of Louisiana. A spokesperson at Fort Polk told the Associated Press that those who knew about the event realized it was a “commitment” ceremony and not a wedding.
However, when members of Congress found out about it, they were extremely displeased.
“The liberal social experiment with our military continues,” stated Representative John Fleming of Louisiana. “My frustration is compounded by the fact that a social agenda, which has nothing to do with military readiness or our national defense, is being imposed on our men and women in uniform.”
“It’s outrageous and illegal,”said Representative Todd Akin of Missouri. “This appears to be a case where political agenda has trumped the rule of law, which is absolutely unacceptable.”
Tim Huelskamp of Kansas also chimed in with a written statement.
“This happened despite last year’s assurances from the Department of Defense that state law recognized only traditional marriage would be respected and upheld,” he said. “They clearly lied.”
Fleming stated that he believed the ceremony was one of the consequences of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which became official last September.
Meanwhile, the Defense of Marriage Act is feared to be the next item targeted by homosexual activists as it serves as the federal protection of the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.