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GOP Congressmen, Tony Perkins, Town Bigots Freak Out Over Gay Commitment Ceremony on Military Base: VIDEO


Religious right hate group leader Tony Perkins and GOP Congressman are freaking out that two women had a commitment ceremony at a Fort Polk, Louisiana chapel last month, the AP reports:

AkinFollowing last year's repeal of its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department said chaplains at military installations can officiate any private ceremony, as long as it's not prohibited by state and local laws. Louisiana law does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions...

...U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said in a statement the "marriage-like" ceremony performed by an Army chaplain shouldn't have been allowed on the base. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., claims the ceremony violated Defense Department policy.

Akin sponsored a measure approved by the House last year that would prohibit military installations from being used to "officiate, solemnize or perform a marriage or marriage-like ceremony involving anything other than the union of one man with one woman." The Senate didn't approve the legislation.

The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins also put in his two anti-gay cents:

"This ceremony evades the intention and violates the spirit of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which remains the law in America, defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman for all purposes under federal law," FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement Wednesday.

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  1. Who cares if the GOP and their kind freak out? It might do them good.

    Posted by: Peter | Jun 8, 2012 10:35:43 AM

  2. Todd Starnes riled up the FOXies with his own hissy fit over this as well.

    Somehow, your religious freedom is being trampled upon when you find out something you don't like happened a month ago.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jun 8, 2012 10:58:27 AM

  3. Since there was no marriage license it did not violate the law. Is Mr. Perkins advocating the government regulate religious ceremonies?

    Posted by: Gus | Jun 8, 2012 11:13:31 AM

  4. I was born in Louisiana, but I'm glad my parents didn't raise me there or anywhere else in the south.

    Posted by: kelehe | Jun 8, 2012 11:13:58 AM

  5. Tony Perkins is a moron:

    A) Having a Commitment Cerimony Breaks NO state law.

    B) The laws of Louisiana DO NOT apply on a FEDERALLY OWNED Military Base. Never have, never will.

    C) A Commitment Cerimony does not fall under DOMA

    Sorry Tony...you're once again graping for straws. But then what do we expect from a straw-man.

    I wonder whom Tony The Tigress will go after once full equality is achieved at the constitutional level?

    My guess is he and his hater-christian army (catholics/mormons) will turn full tilt boogie on the 'sinful masses' of the illegal immigrants.

    Posted by: Mic | Jun 8, 2012 11:19:11 AM

  6. There is no law that forbids you from having a ceremony somewhere. Or a law that regulates weddings (both in the civilian world and the military). Whether the government will legally recognize that is another matter entirely.

    What is a violation of the Constitution is telling people they can't have the religious ceremonies they want.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 8, 2012 11:19:39 AM

  7. Its amazing how much these bigots will twist themselves to justify their cause. Not only did this happen a month ago (and the sky did not fall) but nothing about it was illegal. What a bunch of jackasses.

    Posted by: KT | Jun 8, 2012 12:38:35 PM

  8. Wow, so they want wholly religious ceremonies which are completely unrecognized by any government entity banned from military bases? Some religious freedom.

    Posted by: Sammy | Jun 8, 2012 12:55:56 PM

  9. The LGBT soldiers are fighting fanatical religious Muslim terrorist to keep you and you family safe from terrorist attacks in America and they no longer have to hide their love for each other and they will be together no matter if they can get married or not so it is time to get out of the private lives of LGBT people and give them their freedoms and Civil Rights because they are fighting to keep you free so you can have your Civil Rights.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 8, 2012 2:33:48 PM

  10. I'm pretty sure my gay tax dollars helped pay for that military base.

    Posted by: Fox | Jun 8, 2012 5:07:13 PM

  11. Oh how fun, I'm moving to Fort Polk in August.

    Posted by: william | Jun 9, 2012 12:42:56 AM

  12. Tha Chaplain acted in accordance of his Denominational beliefs, he performed a "Sacramental Blessing" for a same-sex "Commitment Ceremony" which is approved by the United Church of Christ. Which is it Mr. Perkins, you either defend Everyone's Religious Liberty or you just want to be a judgemental bigot using Religious Liberty as an excuse to defend only your religious beliefs.

    Posted by: Jack Giles | Jun 9, 2012 8:55:48 AM

  13. Gotta love all these OLD bigots and their OLD ways of thinking. It's going to be a good thing when all these OLD gop pigs finally die off.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jun 10, 2012 5:16:33 PM

  14. Did someone switch on an overhead light somewhere - the reality of religious 'unions' - without the benefit of Civil Marriage Equality is far from new! Of course, listening to the brainless conversation in the USA, this is a big surprise ... religions welcoming same sex partners. Personally, I could care less about the religious aspect of any of it - for anyone of any religion ... but it's rich hearing these people determine what others should be allowed within their religions, while slamming their tired ole bible on the table!

    Posted by: RexT | Jun 12, 2012 5:51:08 AM

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