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Jun 6, 2012 5:36 PM by AP

Lawmakers denounce Fort Polk 'same-sex ceremony'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican congressional critics are denouncing what they call a "same-sex ceremony" held last month at the Army's Fort Polk training base in Louisiana.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said in a statement Wednesday that the "marriage-like" ceremony performed for two women by an Army chaplain shouldn't have been allowed because Louisiana law doesn't recognize same-sex marriage or civil union. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., claims the ceremony violates Defense Department policy.

Following 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 that isn't prohibited by state and local laws.

A Fort Polk spokesman said everyone involved in the "same-gender private religious ceremony" at a base chapel understood it was not a marriage ceremony.

 

 

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