Same-sex ceremony on Army post draws fire
June 7th, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Same-sex ceremony on Army post draws fire

By Alan Duke, CNN

(CNN) - A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday.

The "private religious ceremony" took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details.

Rep. John Fleming, a Louisiana Republican whose congressional district includes the Army post, said the military confirmed to him that the same-sex ceremony was performed by an Army chaplain in the chapel.

The incident was an inevitable consequence of the end of the don't ask, don't tell policy in September, which previously banned homosexuals from military service, Fleming said.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Gay marriage • Homosexuality • Military

soundoff (796 Responses)
  1. csx

    That was ny first concern, the desecration of chapels. How wicked and perverse. Chaolians are spineless anyway.

    June 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      You may not realize that Army chapels are shared by all religions on many posts. The Army doesn't have the money to buy each cult their own place of worship.

      June 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • JWT

      There was not even the tiniests of hints about any desecration in the article.

      June 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  2. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Hope the couple had a nice honeymoon.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  3. a pimp named slickback

    Sounds like Keith needs one of those Creflo Dollar shoe beatings, there b itch BAM! take my shoe, BAM! b itch, BAM! your healed from being an ass BAM! spout some more garbage b itch

    June 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  4. Keith

    And why would the qu.eers steal a religioius symbol in the rainbow?

    June 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Why would christians usurp an optical-meteorological phenomenon as one of their supersti.tious symbols?

      June 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Could someone tell me what religious symbol he's talking about?

      June 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Bet

      The last time I looked the rainbow wasn't copyrighted. Anyone is free to use it in any manner they like.

      It's just a natural phenomenon. Take light and shine it through water drops, boom, you've got a rainbow. Nothing mysterious about it.

      June 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • sam stone

      awww, keith.....do equal rights bother you?

      June 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      Why do inbred F's like you claim to speak for god? Because it allows you to give some legitimacy to your bigotry

      June 11, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  5. Keith

    Why is it that his very first executive order sealed all his records? What's this FRAUD hiding?

    June 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      every president in American history has sealed is records its always been the first executive order,... its for historical preservation,....


      June 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And there you have it, folks. Tells you something about KEEF'S sanity, right there.

      June 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • 13monkees

      What does this have to do with the story?

      June 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Sorry Keith, but you are the fraud.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  6. Keith

    Isn't it just bizzare how the mirco-film flight manifests for all fo.reign incoming flights at the "time" of Obama's birth are mysteriously missing. And I'm sure it is just a coincidence that all the rest of them are right there where they should be. This man is the biggest FRAUD ever to be perpetrated on the American people. The compliant major media outlets are an absolute joke. This is like the Soviet Union of old. Funny how they report about Obama's falsified docu.ments, as they launch ICBM's and threaten a pre-emptive strike on the European missile defense shield while Obama is busy destoying 3/4's of our nukes. Just who's side is this Manchurian candidate on anyway?

    June 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Really-O?

      And Keith, folks, is what we call a "Paranoid Conspiracy Theorist".

      June 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Keith, first things first: get your head out of your backside. That much hate isn't justified for anyone. Plus, you're just making stuff up. Get a grip.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • sam stone

      Keith.....go to the top of the tallest building in your town. Then go meet Jesus

      June 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  7. Keith

    "I am a Christian"-Barack Obama
    "I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something between sanctified between a man and a woman"-Barack Obama
    For I [am] the LORD, I change not;-God
    Evidently Barry didn't get that memo and has a poor memory.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • 13monkees

      God doesn't change? Have you actually read the bible? It is chock full of God changing. What about the contrast between the monster in the old testament to the horse-thief in the new testament? Or are you one of those Christians hat like to ignore those passages? Remember in Exodus when God "hardened Pharaoh's heart" and wouldn't allow Pharaoh to comply with his demand? Remember when God held Pharaoh responsible for that? Remember when God killed all those people because of that? I so wish you people would quit worshiping fairy tales. It's not real! You are more moral than your God is! Who loves their children so much that he would condemn them to eternal damnation? On this planet, we put parents like that in prison.

      June 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      so you god still like to kill sun worshipers and demand you don't eat pork

      Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death. (Deuteronomy 17:2-5

      Deuteronomy 14:8
      The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.

      so hows your ham and cheese sandwich with a side of shrimp-chips you hypocrite

      June 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Keith, I'm concerned about your mental state. You seem unbalanced. I would pray for you, but I'm an atheist and don't believe in that nonsense.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Keith

      13monkees, they are not the children of God, but children of the evil one. You wanna put God on trial? Good luck with that.
      sam stone, Funny you mention stoning....Are you familiar with the 100 lb. hailstones that God will use on the inhabitants of the earth? The penalty for blaspheming the name of God is stoning. Good luck with that sammyboy.

      June 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • sam stone


      first of all, i did not mention stoning.

      secondly, your iron age fairy tale god is impotent. your empty proxy threats are laughable, ya little punk

      June 11, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  8. Keith

    Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet

    June 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Keith, I'm trying to decide if the Bible is full of grammar and spelling errors, or if it's just you.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • sam stone

      Keith is very entertaining, in a watch-the-circus-geek sort of way

      June 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  9. Keith

    Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hmm. I'll bet your clothes have polyester and cotton mixed together.

      Do you think anyone cares about your religious beliefs, KEEF? Do you really think they matter to people who don't believe what you do? Do you really think they have any bearing on the law?

      June 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • jynx

      Well, that's OK in this case cause they both chicks.

      June 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • 13monkees

      Also in Leviticus:
      21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
      21:8 If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.
      Nice God you worship.

      June 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Keith, did you find your Bible in a cheap motel? And what were you doing there? And whom were you with?

      June 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  10. Keith

    Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hey, KEEF! Still think Obama's birth certificate is a fake? Still believe he's a Muslim?

      June 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Keith, you're out of control! If I were a generous man, I'd say you were naughty, but I'm not. Instead allow me to speak frankly. Oh, and before I forget, tell your mom I can't see her this evening. I'm busy. Keith, you're hopeless.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • tokencode

      Sodom and Gahmorah were destroyed by a meteor that broke apart in the upper atmosphere. The even was recorded on a stone tablet in asia, in a non-christian area. You are following the explanation of some clueless shepards that couldn't wrap their head around extraterrestrial objects... Welcome to 21st century science, it's amazing...

      June 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Bet

      Didn't Lot's daughter's get him drunk and have s3x with him?

      June 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Bet

      That should be "daughters", not "daughter's".

      June 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  11. donny

    at least we dont do or sisters like palintwit
    would. its funny how people put us down on here but. would they do it to or face haha..might not like what follers.. peace of trash

    June 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  12. Blane

    Pray for our nation. Pray that God will not allow this depravity to repeat.

    June 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Tom

      You should be more worried about your own morals and stop judging others as if you were a "God". That is unless, of course, you think that legalizing gay marriage will cause you to finally come out of the closet!

      June 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Blane

      The collective morality as well as our own should be a concern to all humanity. We pray that God blesses America, but how can He bless us if we permit such depravity. We will have to answer for it one way or another. I want my kids and grandkids to live in a blessed America.

      June 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • JWT

      I will never have to answer for anything to your god.

      June 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What possible effect would gay marriage have on your kids if they aren't gay, Blane?

      June 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • JWT

      and I agree with you this depravity must stop. It's way past tiem for the depraved to stop interfering in love. Just becuase someone does not follow exactly your religion or a politician thinks some stupid comments may garner a few votes is no reson to deny euqal and civil rights.

      June 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Keith

      Well, well, if it isn't Jezebel flapping her gums. It's not ordained of God and I feel sooooo sorry for the poor kids who are adopted by these Jerry Sandusky perverts.

      June 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oooh, another post by KEEF the DIM!

      The same moron who thinks Obama is not eligible to be president.

      Pedophilia is a crime. Marriage is not. Try to be smarter than a pipe.

      June 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • 13monkees

      I wish all you would do is pray. Especially since that actually accomplishes nothing. Mumble to yourself...sorry...pray all you want. Then wake up and realize that two hands working accomplish more than a thousand clasped in prayer.

      June 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Blame, you're confused. I'm sure your parents are deeply ashamed of you. Don't let that stop you. Fight your way to mediocrity. You can do it! With a lot of work anyway. Well, maybe you can't. You've sunk so deep that you may never work your way back to reality. Now that I think about it, you should just give up.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • davidbeschauer

      I will pray that the holy christ child will put a tuurd in your mouth.

      June 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  13. rickwh

    Good for the Army and good for this couple. People who are so against gay marriage because of religious beliefs should be locked away in their churches for the rest of their lives. Jesus would disavow all of you in a heartbeat. You people have twisted his message so much he might as well be up there with Mao. When will you Christians wake up and see what you have become. You people are becoming the scourge of the earth and I hope someday to see the end of your hateful religion.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  14. Peteyroo

    Saturday seems to be a slow day for posting. The religious fanatics are still sleeping off Friday night's debauchery at the local watering hole. Sometime after noon they'll rise and shine then get ready to head out the door to push old ladies under buses, burn down orphanages, and spew hate at anyone who appears good and decent. They have a lot to get done in a crowded Saturday day afternoon. All this so they can go to church Sunday morning pretending that they love Jesus and are following God's commandments.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Peteyroo

      You know I'm right! Now get busy. Get the snakes ready for tomorrow. Make sure you have enough strychnine for church. Find your mom's teeth she left at the bar last night. Get your dad out of jail. Get Uncle Harry off the roof–or at least make him put some clothes on. Make sure Aunt Sally got home from the frat house last night. Iron your overhauls for church tomorrow.

      June 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  15. palintwit

    Most rednecks prefer to get their bagging and birthing done by Friday. This leaves the weekend free to go to Walmart for guns and ammo, to string more barbed wire around their double wides, and to boink their cousins.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • wayne

      Wrong!! You're putting a label on us. I can buy ammo by the case at the Army Navy store, don't have a double wide since the bank took it back and haven't boinked a cousin since Sally got hitched. I think I deserve an apology.

      June 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Wayne, watch out for that substandard ammo you got from the Army/Navy store. Give my best to Sally.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  16. JDodson

    The "incident"?... the "consequence"? What kind of journalism is this? Biased are we?

    June 9, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  17. find an atheist

    Find a rush to judgement, self righteous bigotry and hatred as well as unreasonable argument and hypocrisy.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • onceacpa


      June 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      What? BTW judgment is spelled with only one "e."

      June 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    June 9, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • ThinkHarder

      Atheism is perhaps the absence of Schizophrenia.

      June 9, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Peteyroo

      I see you're still blathering. Prayer changes nothing. It is useless; besides, all you pray for is personal wealth and for your favorite sports team to win. Hardly worthy goals.

      June 9, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • rickwh

      Of course it does. It changes how people think, it makes people who love their god want to go out and hate, be intolerant, lie, cheat , steal, have affairs, judge, and kill their fellow human beings. Christians (especially the "good" ones, disgust me.

      June 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Tom

      Prayer- asking for forgiveness or help from an imaginary friend because you are either too cowardly to own up to a real person or too lazy or stupid to solve your own problems. (also see Schizophrenia)

      June 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  19. Patrick

    equality should not be feared, it should be embraced!

    June 9, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • There is no right

      to perversion

      June 9, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • ThinkHarder

      "There is no right to perversion"

      That idea, itself, is perversion.

      June 9, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • sam stone

      "There is no right to perversion"

      Sure there is. It is called the Freedom Of Relgion

      June 9, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • two men or two women

      do not equal a man and a woman. never will

      June 9, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • JWT

      There was nothing about perversion in the article!

      June 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • atroy

      Celebrating love is perversion?? What a sad twisted life you must lead.

      June 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • sam stone

      celebrating bigotry is worshipping god? what a twisted god you must worship

      June 11, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  20. Peteyroo

    Let's not be too hard on the Christians. Sure they believe in a magical Daddy floating in the firmament called the magical kingdom of heaven. We all believed in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy at one time. Of course that was when we were children. As we grew up we tossed aside the nonsense of the Easter Bunny, unicorns, and such. It is troubling, however, that these Christians cling desperately to mythological beings into adulthood. I changed my mind. We should be hard on them. Just don't tell them Santa Claus isn't real. We don't want to kick them when they're down.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • Déo

      "I am concerned with a certain way of looking at life, which was created in me by the fairy tales, but has since been ratified by the mere facts" G. K Chesterton

      June 9, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • Roywarner

      The modern interpretation is that Zombie worship is the new faerie tale.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:37 am |
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