Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. –General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Sylvanus Thayer Award Acceptance Address
I cannot help but wonder what the old General would say about the events of Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel, West Point, N.Y. Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, former Captain, “married” her partner of seventeen years Penelope Gnesin.
The happy couple would have preferred marriage in New Jersey, but same sex marriages are not legal there. Since same sex marriages are legal in New York why not go to the landmark gothic “new” Cadet Chapel at West Point? The brides must have been thrilled with the military trappings of the ceremony including the traditional saber arch.
The Old Cadet Chapel was already the scene of another same sex “marriage” the previous weekend. That leaves five Chapels to go at West Point to host a gay marriage. There is no doubt in my mind that there is intent afoot to have a gay marriage in every chapel.
Two things about the story attract my attention:
First was the statement of Brenda Sue Fulton that “It [Cadet Chapel] has a tremendous history, and it is beautiful. That’s where I first heard and said the cadet prayer, ‘Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.’” Parse that if you please.
Second was West Point hosted the Grand Opening Conference for West Point’s Center for the Rule of Law Grand Opening Conference held Wednesday, April 15, 2009. That noted upholder of the rule of law, Attorney General Eric Holder, memorably shared with his audience “It is a remarkable fact that nowhere is the rule of law more honored than here in the hallowed halls of West Point, the premier training ground for our nation’s warriors.”
Curiously, the marriage ceremony was a clear violation of the Defense of Marriage Act, which of course is a Federal Law that Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to defend despite being his legal obligation. The meaning of the rule of law is oh so very confusing. What is the meaning of it all?
I wonder what the cadets are taking away from the panoply of interpretive examples of the rule of law by their Superintendent, Eric Holder and their commander-in-chief? Are they sitting there giving each other the old wink, wink, nudge, nudge in their Constitutional law class?