Weddings at West Point

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Donnelly, Elaine (CMR)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 military.

"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 military."

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 Marriage Act.

"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 example."

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?"

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