Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2013 / 17:09 pm
The Department of Defense has drawn criticism over new policies providing same-sex partners some of the benefits normally reserved to military spouses.
The new policies make "a mockery of the Defense of Marriage Act that is still the law of this nation," said Chaplain Ron Crews, a retired Army Reserve Colonel and executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.
Speaking to CNA on Feb. 13, Crews decried these new policies, saying that they essentially ignore the intent of federal law by treating same-sex couples as spouses.
Crews pointed to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case challenging the law this summer.