David Barton continued his dishonest and irrational tirade against the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings, adding a new argument to the lies he’s already told: Gay people are going to join the military just so they can get married.
Barton, speaking on Wallbuilders Live today, suggested that gays and lesbians will now enlist in the armed forces just to get hitched: “Now that there is no longer a definition of marriage as a man and a woman and DOMA’s struck down, guess what? Guess what happens in the military? Guess what is going to happen in the military? Guess who is going to enlist in the military just so they can have gay marriages and force chaplains to do that?”
Oooh, I’ll guess — no one. Absolutely no one. And even if they did, the DOMA ruling has absolutely nothing to do with forcing chaplains to perform same-sex marriages (something the law quite explicitly forbids). The DOMA ruling only involves federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in states that allow it. There still is no federal law saying that they have to be allowed. And chaplains are covered by the same ministerial exception that a civilian pastor is. They cannot be forced to perform any marriage.