Iowa congressman proposes gay marriage ban

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Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced an amendment that would prohibit military chaplains from performing gay marriage ceremonies and ban same-sex marriage at military facilities. reports the House was expected to vote on the amendment Thursday afternoon, July 19, 2012 as part of the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill.

King said a current directive from President Barack Obama and the Secretary of Defense that allows military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on military bases is “contravening” to the Defense of Marriage Act.   Military chaplains can decline to perform the ceremonies, but King said that would violate DOMA. 

King represents Iowa’s fifth district, which is comprised of counties in the western third of the state.