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house Bill H.R. 914

Banning Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies at Military Facilities

Argument in favor

Affords military chaplains the right to not engage in acts that would oppose sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Argument opposed

Would go against some state policies toward same-sex marriages and unions. Discriminatory.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
    IntroducedFebruary 28th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 914?

Dead legislation that would have banned same-sex "marriage or marriage-like" ceremonies at military facilities. Also would have ensured that military chaplains do not have to preside over same sex marriages or any other rite that they object to. Since the repeal of the 18-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, in 2011, gay and lesbian service members have been able to serve openly. The Pentagon has permitted military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages as long as such ceremonies are not prohibited in the states where the bases are located. 


Impacts gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. armed forces, in addition to military chaplains.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 914

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.


Military Religious Freedom Protection Act

Official Title

To amend title 10, United States Code, to require that implementation of the repeal of the former Department of Defense policy concerning homosexual behavior in the Armed Forces not infringe upon the free exercise of religion by and the rights of conscience of members of the Armed Forces, including chaplains, and for other purposes.