Friday, June 03, 2011

Sen. Mitch McConnell--No Comment On Gay Marriages in Military

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But Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is Minority Leader in the Senate. The highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

He says he supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but "hasn't given any thought" as to whether it should apply to the US Military across the board.

"Hasn't given any thought?"

You will recall several weeks ago the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains announced that homosexual Navy personnel could begin getting "married" in Navy chapels and that Navy chaplains could perform the ceremonies.

Public outcry. CNSNEWS broke the story and people like us started talking and writing about it and House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Todd Akin (R-Mo), immediately introduced an amendment to the Defense authorization bill blocking the Chief's order.

Within a day, the Navy Chaplin's Office reversed itself saying the order was, "suspended until further notice."

It's important that the most powerful Republican in the Senate "hasn't even thought about it," yet.

CNSNEWS followed up with the Senator this week. What they discovered is not encouraging.

The House Defense authorization must now be reconciled with a Senate version and then voted upon by the Senate, which will likely happen within the next couple of weeks.

Sen. McConnell is the most powerful Republican in the Senate, here's the conversation.

CNSNEWS asked Sen. McConnell personally, "Do you believe the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) should apply to the US Military across the board?"

McConnell: "I support the Defense of Marriage Act. I haven't given any thought, frankly, to the question you asked, and, therefore I think I'll probably not respond."

No Thought. No response.

CNSNEWS to McConnell's press this past Tuesday, by email, regarding Rep. Akin's amendment: "Does Senator McConnell agree with that amendment?"

McConnell's office: "Sen. McConnell was asked about the House DOD bill at his press conference this past Friday, to which he said he supported DOMA, he also said he hasn't had a chance to look at the details of the House-passed bill...I don't have anything beyond what he said on Friday, but feel free to stay in touch on this."

Alliance Defense Fund is preparing to sue the federal government for the protection of religious freedom if the Senate does not pass the bill with the provision.

Conservative Christians are looking for leadership not only on fiscal issues, but social issues that are very important to millions of us. This does not look like leadership.

Unless Senator McConnell puts actions to what he says he believes, many will not hear what he believes as clearly as they will see what he believes by what he does.

Perhaps the Senator should give that some thought and those in his office who read this might pass it along.

Ronald Reagan once said, "Our people look to us for leadership and nobody can provide it if we don't. But we won't be very effective leaders unless we can rise above the bureaucracies and give our governments a strong push in the right direction."

Senator McConnell, this is a time to rise and push in the right direction.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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