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05/11/2011

Navy reverses ship: On-base marriage guidance derailed by off-base bias

by Jeremy Hooper

And this is why groups like the Family Research Council are still of such concern:

The Navy is revoking guidance to its chaplains about conducting same-sex marriages at military chapels following an uproar by Republican lawmakers and social conservatives claiming the move would violate a law prohibiting federal recognition of gay marriage.
KEEP READING: Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages [WaPo]

FRC, in particular, got on this thing early and loudly, seizing upon what would've been and should've been a benign guidance pertaining to a very real matter that will come up in states where marriage equality is perfectly legal. The conservative groups and GOP lawmakers didn't care that chaplains will always be free to deny marriages, just as all faith leaders are. They didn't care about gay troops. They didn't care about any of the perfectly measured facts. In their undying quest to undermine, delay, and ultimately kill DADT repeal (and in this case, support DOMA as well), the far-right found an exploitable "in." And they exploited all the way to eventual revocation.

IF our opposition knows one thing, it's how to stir sh*t into an otherwise bland pot. That's why we must keep an eye on all fires, both front and back burner.

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