Chief of Naval Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd recently announced he was revising Tier I training manuals which had previously indicated that same sex "marriages" were not allowed on federal properties.
His office had decided that same-sex couples in the Navy would now be able to get "married" in Navy chapels and that Navy chaplains could perform the ceremony---if homosexual "marriage" is legal in the state where the unions were to be performed.
The Admiral said that naval bases are now, "generally speaking--sexual orientation neutral."
Rep. Todd Akin, R-MO., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, immediately raised concerned that in its haste to "hustle in homosexuality," the Navy may be violating federal law---the Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA).
I don't want to say "I told you so", but many of us were saying that among the several consequences of scrapping the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy would be an open door for homosexual activists to, in the words of Rep. Akin, "hustle in homosexuality."
Myself and others were summarily dismissed and mocked when we raised that issue.
Admiral Tidd had heard the call and was hustling. Rep Duncan Hunter, R-Cal., also announced he would offer an amendment to the annual defense bill to require that all of the chiefs of the armed forces---not just the chairman---would have to submit certification that removing the military ban on homosexuality wouldn't harm unit cohesion and military order.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Navy pushed back.
Just because the President has dismissed DOMA, and refuses to defend it even though it is law, apparently doesn't mean the President nor those whom he commands are above the law. Their discretion does not determine what is and what is not law.
Now, the Navy says they are rescinding Tidds directive because, "Legal council determined that a more through review was required."
Is this a victory? Not really. But it is a very loud statement from those who join 5000 years of history, biblical virtue and common sense in saying marriage is only between one man and one woman.
These are perilous times---our culture hangs in the balance. The next generation is at risk.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Of Good Courage. We Shall Overcome.
Faith and Freedom
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