Inhofe sponsors bill to ban same-sex weddings on military bases

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer Modified: September 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm •  Published: September 11, 2012
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and fellow Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban same-sex weddings on military bases and allow military chaplains to refuse to officiate such unions.

Current policy is to follow state law on the matter of same-sex marriage.

Inhofe and Wicker said the bill, called the Military Religious Freedom Act, is an attempt to apply the Defense of Marriage Act to the Department of Defense in the wake of a policy change allowing openly gay men and lesbians in the military.