Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Obama Tramples U.S. Constitution - #2887 - Defense of Marriage Act: Akin for Some Accountability (2) Head of 2012 Olympic Team Resigns After Criticism From Gay Activists - Citizen Link (3) DISCLOSE - Enough for Government Work - Family Research Council

 If the administration keeps pounding its agenda through the military, we'll need the Navy SEALs to rescue marriage. Last week, we started to see some of the fallout from the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. Without bothering to consult Congress-or the law-Navy officials decided to revise their training manuals to better accommodate same-sex "marriage." In a letter to the chaplain corps, Rear Admiral M.L. Tidd says it starts by freeing up military chaplains and facilities for homosexual weddings. "This is a change," Tidd wrote, "to previous training that states same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property." Call it what you will, but that's not a change to "training"--that's a circumvention of U.S. law. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)--which governs not just the military, but every federal entity--states that marriage is the legal union of a man and woman. Now that the ban on homosexuals in the military is overturned, the White House is trying to enlist the troops in its war on DOMA. And if the administration won't uphold the law, then it shouldn't surprise anyone that the President would order the military to ignore it.
          When the Navy's letter surfaced on the Hill, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) fired off a formal inquiry, asking officers to explain the sudden change. The Navy not only defended its position--but expanded it. As if opening up the base facilities to gay "marriage" wasn't illegal enough, the corps now insists that chaplains who refuse to marry homosexuals have to find someone who would. "If the chaplain declines to personally perform the service, then the chaplain MUST facilitate the request per SECNAVINST 1730.7D." That's a big leap from simply allowing the ceremonies to take place. As much as the weddings violate DOMA, the referral order is a direct assault on the freedom of conscience. And if it's enforced, it could be what drives evangelical chaplains out of the military altogether.  House leaders recognize this and are doing everything they can to put a stop to it. 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." On Wednesday, Republicans plan to introduce amendments in the Armed Services Committee that would help beat back these attacks on religious freedom. One measure, expected from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), would make it harder for President Obama to rubber stamp the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal by giving all the service chiefs a voice in the certification process. Contact members of the Committee today and ask them to support our troops by voting for these amendments. Read more........  AW: Please read entire article, this is chilling what is being allowed and forced on our chaplains and military.  Please call your congressman, in Virginia 5th, Robert Hurt, 202-225-4711, Members of Armed Forces Committee.......


Head of 2012 Olympic Team Resigns After Criticism From Gay Activists - Citizen Link - It’s apparently not very popular to support marriage these days — even though 31 states have affirmed the one-man, one-woman definition through popular vote.  Two weeks ago, gay activists convinced a top-tier law firm to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  And on Friday, two-time gymnastics gold medalist Peter Vidmar resigned as head of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team after scathing criticism from gay athletes and activists. His crime? He donated $2,000 to support Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that amended California’s Constitution to protect marriage.  Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, who is gay-identified, called Vidmar’s position on marriage “disgraceful.” Jessica Mendoza, a gold medalist in softball, said she was “very disappointed.” And Aimee Mullins, the head of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic team, said she was “concerned and deeply saddened.”   Read more.......

DISCLOSE Enough for Government Work - Family Research Council - When it comes to failed legislation, this White House doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit." Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to know the meaning of the word constitutional either. Declared dead by Congress, the courts, and the Federal Election Commission, the DISCLOSE Act has a pulse--thanks to an incredible overreach by this administration. What liberals couldn't pass into law, the President will force by Executive Order (EO). According to Republicans, the White House is just days away from signing an EO that would make most of the DISCLOSE bill law. If that happens, we could see a reverse form of the type of political patronage that's not been around since Andrew Jackson was President.  To bid for government work, all companies (with the exception of labor unions) would be forced to list their political contributions and that of their officers as part of the application process.  Read more........

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