Kentucky’s Rep. Chandler stands up for Defense of Marriage law [The Arena]

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Kentucky’s 6th District congressman, Democrat Ben Chandler voted last Thursday in favor of an amendment to the Pentagon appropriations bill, reaffirming the Defense of Marriage Act.  Representatives Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) and Dan Burton (R-Indiana) inserted the amendment into the House Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2219). The Foxx-Burton amendment says: "No funds under the act may be used for activities in contravention of Public Law 104-199, the Defense of Marriage Act."

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, said it is not enough for the Pentagon to dismiss all concerns involving marriage issues by simply pointing to the existence of DOMA.  "The reason this [amendment] is necessary is because the Department of the Navy, in particular, has already signaled that contrary to assurances given to Congress, they are quite prepared to start conducting same-sex marriages on military bases -- which would, for the sake of consistency, lead to the extension of benefits to these same-sex couples," says Donnelly."

Last December, congressional Democrats were able to push through a bill repealing the Clinton-era “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law.  But congress only repealed the ban on openly gay people serving in the military; it failed to repeal the military’s strict prohibition of homosexual behavior.  The Uniform Code of Military Justice (10 U.S.C. Chapter 47) was passed by Congress on May 5, 1950, signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, and became effective on May 31, of the following year. The word Uniform in the Code's title refers to the congressional intent to make military justice uniform or consistent among the armed services.

Article 125 of the UCMJ makes sodomy a court-martial offense:   ART. 125. SODOMY.  (a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration , however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.  (b) Any person found guilty of sodomy shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

And sodomy is not the only sexual misconduct punishable in the military.  Article 134 is often considered to be a "catch-all" for various offenses that aren't necessarily covered by the other articles in the UCMJ. Article 134 offenses include disloyal statements, abusing an animal, adultery, bigamy, bribery and graft, drinking liquor with a prisoner, fleeing the scene of an accident, fraternization, gambling with a subordinate, et al. It reflects acts that are not specifically listed, but nevertheless committed, by military personnel that “negatively impact the service.”

The phony “repeal” passed by congress, and signed into law on December 22, 2010, by President Obama, merely allows openly gay people to serve in the military; but it still permits them to be punished severely for individual acts of sodomy or adultery.  Unless and until the UCMJ is amended by an act of the congress, the Democratic pandering to their gay supporters is nothing more than a thinly-veiled hoax.

As former U.S. Marines Tony Perkins and John Sheehan wrote recently at Politico.com, the supposed compromise to allow open homosexuality in the military, struck by President Barack Obama, gay rights lobby groups and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was less of an honest meeting in the middle than a political charade to mask a preordained conclusion.

For a contrary view, read what brother Keith Rouda has to say on the subject:

With Democrats like Ben Chandler, who needs Republicans?

 

About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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