Nancy Pelosi vs. Steven Palazzo on DODT

peaking to reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said military chaplains will not be required to perform same-sex marriages, despite Republican claims to the opposite.

“Nobody’s ordering them to do that. I’ve never seen any suggestion that we’re ordering chaplains to perform same-sex [marriages]. Where is that?” said Ms. Pelosi. “I haven’t seen that, and I’ve been around this issue for a long time,” she added. “I think that they can rest assured that if they don’t believe in that they don’t have to perform those.”

Congressman Steven Palazzo, a Mississippi Republican and sponsor of the amendment, said it would clarify the role of chaplains and their requirements in regard to performing marriage ceremonies.

“The administration’s recent actions have created uncertainty regarding ceremonies permitted on military installations,” Mr. Palazzo stated. “This amendment is intended to clear up any doubt and reinforce DOMA’s authority as it applies to those installations.”

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