Land said such language should be included in the legislation that becomes law.The Pentagon's revised policy says a chaplain is not required to take part in a private ceremony if doing so would conflict with his or her "religion or personal beliefs," but Land called for stronger protections for "the religious freedom and rights of conscience of military chaplains who object to same-sex unions." He said he joined more than 2,000 chaplains in seeking enactment of a right of conscience clause in the military code of law to protect chaplains' religious freedom.The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, which consists of more than 2,000 largely evangelical Christian military chaplains, has said its members will not perform gay "weddings." The Roman Catholic Archdiocese for Military Service also has said its members will not officiate at such ceremonies.The Department of Justice announced this year it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act against legal challenges.


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