During World War II, the War Department and the Department of the Navy urged — the operative word is “urged,” not “ordered,” mind you — U.S. military chaplains to encourage soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines that God was on our side in the global battle against fascists, Nazis and the godless heathens running rampant across Asia and the Pacific. The hymns “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” were sung with fervor at chapel services regardless of denomination.
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Just five weeks after the Pentagon ended the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, gay and lesbian service members are filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced the filing of the federal litigation Thursday. The group is suing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, on behalf of current and former service members.
In a one-sentence memo obtained by The Associated Press, Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, chief of Navy chaplains, said his earlier decision has been “suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination.”
The Navy said its lawyers wanted to do a more thorough review of the legal decision that allowed Navy chaplains to receive training to perform civil unions on military bases, but only in states where same-sex unions are legal.