August 09, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today released the following statement regarding the leaked Department of Defense (DoD) memo on plans to provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships seeking legal marriage:
"This is another example of the administration leaking information to the press while being unable to find the time to brief Congress. I am unaware of any legal authority for the DoD to grant 10 days of non-chargeable leave, a benefit that offers preferential treatment to same-sex marriage over heterosexual marriage. Military leave is granted by statute, and while there are special provisions in law for adoptions, child birth and emergency situations, to my knowledge there are no special provisions for marriage, same-sex or otherwise. As I have warned before, this administration is eroding our military's historical apolitical stance by using it as their activism arm for their liberal social agenda."