The unfriendly political environment

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Chad Groening (

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.

Wicker, Roger (R-Mississippi)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 Act.

"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 United States."

Wicker suggests chances are not good for the Military Religious Freedom Act becoming law in the current political climate.

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