Debunked Christian historian David Barton claimed on his "Wallbuilders Live" radio show yesterday that gay people will join the U.S. military just to get married.
Barton also claimed that the Obama administration plans to force U.S. military chaplains and the country of Belize to perform same-sex marriages against their will (audio below).
Barton was speaking in reference to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, reports RightWingWatch.org.
"Now that there is no longer a definition of marriage as a man and a woman and DOMA’s struck down, guess what? Guess what happens in the military? Guess what is going to happen in the military? Guess who is going to enlist in the military just so they can have gay marriages and force chaplains to do that?” asked Barton.
However, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said last month that U.S. chaplains would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages, reported the Washington Times. Hagel did say that gay couples should have access to chapels just like heterosexual couples.
"With the federal definition of marriage gone, guess what the State Department can promote? Any stinking thing it wants to. By the way, it's already doing that. Already today, we get word that federal agencies overseas are telling these countries, 'Hey, if you want to get anymore State Department funds, foreign defense appropriations, you gonna have to get on track with gay marriage and you gonna have to get homosexuality in the nation," Barton claimed.
However, that simply did not happen. The U.S. State Department has called on countries to stop persecuting homosexuals, but has not required any country to perform gay marriages.
"Got a call just this last week where this was happening in Belize before the decision came down and now we're seeing after the decision comes down, they're even more aggressive and actively promoting. And so the United States has now become an evangelist for gay marriage, homosexual marriage, across the world and we are tying fund appropriated by Congress to the issue of gay marriage," claimed Barton.
The U.S. State Department did cite Belize for numerous human rights' violations in 2011 including criminalizing gay sex (below), but has not forced it to accept gay marriage:
The law does not protect sexual orientation or gender identity. The criminal code states that “carnal intercourse” with any person “against the order of nature” shall receive a punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment. In practice the law was interpreted as including only sex between men.