WASHINGTON — Before the end of the year, President Obama is expected to sign a defense-spending bill that provides a religious exemption for military chaplains who refuse to officiate at same-sex “marriages.”
But critics argue that the additional protection is inadequate.
Passed by Congress last week, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540) included a provision stating: “A military chaplain who, as a matter of conscience or moral principle, does not wish to perform a marriage may not be required to do so.”
Republicans failed to secure the House’s proposed language, designed to provide a more robust exemption for an estimated 3,000 chaplains and block any backdoor...READ MORE