First, let's remember that USAFA is an institution of higher learning. As such, academic scrutiny of sources should be a given. It is no excuse that the academic failing came from the chaplain's office. Of any office at the Air Force Academy, given its recent history, the chaplain's office should be beyond reproach or question, in its public face as well as its private one.
Second, as the LGBT Advisor to MRFF I can say with absolute certainty that whether intentional or accidental, such actions force MRFF's LGBT clients at USAFA to continue to live in the closeted shadows. Our clients are very adept at reading the signals. Says one MRFF client, "I may have a choice about being Jewish but I have no choice about my sexuality. I was born 'that way' and am not ashamed. Saying that I am like a 'kleptomaniac' because I am gay is so low that it does not deserve a reply by caring people. Thank you, MRFF, for taking up this fight."
Edith A. Disler, PhD, MBA, Lt Col (Ret) USAF
TT: because of your lack of ability to focus on the issue at hand, and your susceptibility to emotional red herrings, I'd NEVER want to get into a tight situation with you, in combat or heavy traffic, for that matter. The point is this: the command structure may allow the chaplains to organize religious events like prayer breakfasts, but the command structure cannot endorse them. The command structure can also choose whether or not to apply state laws, but must do so fairly and not choose to support only those state laws it ideologically supports. Mikey's point is that you can't say, "I'll comply with state law where gay marriages are concerned, but ignore state legal precedent with regard to my command endorsement of an evangelical Christian prayer breakfast." Military personnel have access to military facilities -- Air Force Academy cadets and graduates, regardless of sexual orientation, have access to the Cadet Chapel. That's really all there is to this. If you were married in a church the commitment was not legally binding until you signed the state paperwork. Why deny a gay couple the "church" portion of a wedding at the Cadet Chapel if they find a chaplain, pastor or rabbi who will happily perform the ceremony? They may then travel to Iowa, Washington DC, or any other state which affords the civil right of marriage and complete the legal portion thereof.
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