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2 lawmakers denounce same-sex ceremony on La. base

2 GOP congressman denounce couple's same-sex ceremony at Folk Polk chapel on La. base By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ' Two Republican congressmen are denouncing a same-sex ceremony held last month at the Army's Fort Polk training base in Louisiana.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said in a statement Wednesday the "marriage-like" ceremony shouldn't have been allowed because Louisiana law doesn't recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., claims the ceremony violated Defense Department policy.

Following last year's repeal of its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department said chaplains at military installations can officiate any private ceremony that isn't prohibited by state and local laws.

Fort Polk spokesman Scott Stearns said the couple took part in a commitment ceremony. He says everyone at the base chapel understood it was not a marriage ceremony.

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