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Inhofe: DoD plan on same-sex marriage part of the ‘liberal social agenda’

Navy Lt. Gary Ross, right, and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows on Sept. 20, 2011 in Duxbury, Vt. The two men recited their vows moments after the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. (Toby Talbot /AP) Navy Lt. Gary Ross, right, and Dan Swezy exchange wedding vows on Sept. 20, 2011, in Duxbury, Vt. The two men recited their vows moments after the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Color us surprised: It seems Sen. James Inhofe is none too pleased with the military’s proposed plan — which, according to NBC, it plans to announce as soon as today —  to allow same-sex spouses time off to get married so their spouses will get health-care and other benefits, which it developed after the recent Supreme Court decision granting federal benefits to married gay couples.

The Oklahoma Republican and the highest-ranking GOP member of the Armed Services Committee issued a scathing statement in response to news reports of a leaked memo indicating that the DoD was considering allowing gay members of the military up to 10 days so they can travel to states where it’s legal for them to get hitched — and then treating their spouses as they would any other military family.

First and foremost, Inhofe took umbrage at the fact that the Pentagon didn’t brief Congress on the matter (would it be fair to say that the military took a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to lawmakers?). “This is another example of the administration leaking information to the press while being unable to find the time to brief Congress,” he said in the statement. 

But he has more substantive concerns as well, claiming that the Pentagon just can’t give out vacation days willy-nilly, since that’s determined by law.

But here’s the real rub. “This administration is eroding our military’s historical apolitical stance by using it as their activism arm for their liberal social agenda,” he concludes.

Looks like Inhofe’s objections didn’t put a hitch in the Pentagon’s plans.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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