A military readiness watchdog believes many graduates of the
United States Military Academy would not be happy to
learn that two same-sex "marriage" ceremonies have been
performed on the campus of the hallowed institution.
Two lesbian women, one of whom was a West Point graduate,
recently exchanged vows at a church that has been described as the
center of the academy's spiritual life. West Point chaplains were
not permitted by their denominations to perform the ceremony, so a
military chaplain from another facility was brought in.
The previous weekend, two other lesbians were "married" in
another campus landmark -- a chapel in West Point's cemetery.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military
Readiness (CMR), says these ceremonies are the consequence of
the repeal of the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the
"It was pretty much presaged when one of the two in this
same-sex couple was appointed to be a member of the Board of
Trustees at West Point," Donnelly notes. "She is an activist for
lesbian rights. All of this was allowed because the administration
succeeded in eliminating the law regarding gays in the
But as the CMR president points out, repeal of "don't ask, don't
tell" was not supposed to trample on the federal Defense of
"Even though Congress made it very clear and it's in the
legislation that they intended the Defense of Marriage Act to be
respected and honored on military bases, several times now the
administration has allowed various branches of the service to
disregard that," she laments. "This is the most blatant
Donnelly expects the news of these same-sex ceremonies will
bring some negative feedback.
"I think West Point is going to … disappoint many of its alumnus
community," the military readiness watchdog submits. "And I think
that some people may start to question, What is the purpose of
the military service academies?"