In light of last month's election results, a Mississippi senator
believes a bill aimed at protecting military chaplains from being
forced to perform same-sex "marriage" ceremonies or marriage-like
ceremonies on military bases faces an uphill battle.
In September, Senator
Roger Wicker (R) joined colleague Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) in
introducing the Military Religious Freedom Act, which would protect
conscientious military chaplains from having to perform same-sex
marriage ceremonies and prohibit marriage or marriage-like
ceremonies for same-sex couples -- like the two lesbian ceremonies recently held at West
Point -- at military facilities.
Shortly after the legislation's introduction, the American Family
Association sent out an action alert encouraging concerned
citizens to contact their senators about supporting the bill. But
considering the November 6 election results, Wicker says the
measure faces an uphill battle.
"It would probably pass the House; I don't see how we could get
it through the Senate anymore, and clearly the president would veto
such a free-standing bill," the Mississippi lawmaker predicts.
"So elections have consequences -- and I'm disappointed, even
devastated by the re-election of this president because of that
issue and so many other issues."
For instance, Wicker is not confident the Supreme Court
will rule the right way in the challenge to the Defense of Marriage
"I think the Supreme Court has made mistakes in the past, not
the least of which was Roe v. Wade," he comments. "I still
think Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. I think it's led to
a decade's-long holocaust that we're paying the price for in the
Wicker suggests chances are not good for the Military Religious
Freedom Act becoming law in the current political climate.