DADT Update: Marine Training, June Target, and Military Weddings
- Camp Pendleton Marines ask the same DADT questions
- Obama said to be aiming for repeal in June
- Navy head of Chaplains says gay marriages permissible in military Chapels
Camp Pendleton Marines recently went through the required DADT training for the upcoming repeal of the policy most often known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Despite some people dismissing the concerns of servicemembers over repeal, the issues the Marines brought up were fairly common:
Does a straight Marine have to live with a gay Marine? Can a Marine with a same-sex partner receive housing allowance? Will being openly gay affect recruitment, assignments or promotion?
Questions like these were answered…as about 185 Marines…conducted Tier 3 training to learn how the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will affect the Marine Corps…
Another question raised was, “What if homosexuality goes against my religion?” Likewise, Marines retain the right to their religious beliefs, but their conduct must remain professional and they must treat fellow Marines with dignity and respect.
The Center for Military Readiness has said President Obama may be aiming for certification in June, which has been a homosexual “pride” month proclaimed by Obama in the past.
The Navy Times reports a letter from Chief Navy Chaplain (Rear Adm) Mark Tidd has said military Chaplains will be able to perform same-sex marriages when stationed in states that permit them. This represents a change from the initial guidance, which said the Defense of Marriage Act would prohibit such ceremonies as they would occur on federal property.
US Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo), chairman of the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee, said
“This new guidance from the Navy clearly violates the law.”
He wasn’t the only one to take issue:
Late Friday, a group of 62 members sent a joint letter to the Secretary of the Navy, asking how the military is suddenly “exempt from federal law.” “Offering up federal facilities and federal employees for same-sex marriage violates DOMA, which is still the law of the land… and [which] all of the Armed Services are sworn to obey. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws they obey. We expect the [military]… to set the example in their application.”
There are also indications Congress will still pass legislation requiring additional reviews prior to actually repealing the policy commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”