released a letter yesterday
he sent to the Secretary of the Navy, demanding that the Navy abolish plans to allow its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages
The Navy is considering the issue following the repeal last December
of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. More than 60 fellow congressmen have signed onto Akin's letter.
On his website, Akin argues that allowing chaplains to oversee gay marriages would violate the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law in 1996.
"The law of the land is that the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman," says Akin, chair of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. "This new guidance from the Navy clearly violates the law. While our president may not like this law, it is unbelievable that our Navy would issue guidance that clearly violates this law. While a state may legalize same-sex marriage, federal property and federal employees, like Navy chaplains, should not be used to perform marriages that are not recognized by federal law."
C'mon, Todd. Don't ya know that a gay wedding is every sailor's dream? Well, these seamen
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R - Town & Country)