Chaplain under fire for following Army guidance on same-sex couple at marriage retreat

Chaplain under fire for following Army guidance on same-sex couple at marriage retreat

[Ed. – The retreat had to be rescheduled and led by someone else in order to accommodate the same-sex couple — which meant couples originally signed up for it were unable to attend.  All of this met Army guidance.  Mikey Weinstein says the original chaplain, who followed the Army guidance in order to keep his church’s endorsement, needs to change his mind or get out.  Many of us warned against exactly this 10 years ago.]

An Army chaplain is fighting back against an investigator’s recommendation that he should be disciplined after refusing to facilitate a marriage retreat that includes same-sex couples.

Earlier this year, Army Maj. Scott Squires was serving as a chaplain at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There, he told a soldier he was unable to conduct a marriage retreat that included the soldier and the soldier’s same-sex partner due to his church’s restrictions.

An Army investigator later concluded Squires discriminated against the service member.

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But Squires was following the requirements of his chaplain endorsing agency, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to Mike Berry, an attorney at First Liberty Institute, the religious liberties group representing Squires in his appeal. …

Weinstein said the refusal of certain military chaplains to accommodate same-sex couples was comparable to refusing to accommodate mixed-race or mixed-religion couples.

“If you’re going to view same-sex couples as a sin against god, you can either hold your tongue, change your attitude, or get out of the military,” he said.

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