Wicker amendment shields military chaplains

By NEMS Daily Journal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., on Tuesday applauded the Senate and House for passing an amendment he introduced to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 that would prevent military chaplains from being forced to perform marriage ceremonies if the chaplain objects for reasons of conscience.
Wicker is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“Chaplains should not be forced to violate their beliefs in order to serve their country,” Wicker said.
In September, the Department of Defense authorized military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in accordance with state law, but it is not required. The Wicker amendment guarantees chaplains can opt out of same-sex ceremonies.