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A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to protect the rights of conscience of members of the Armed Forces and chaplains of members of the Armed... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Sep 11, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to protect the rights of conscience of members of the Armed Forces and chaplains of members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Military Religious Freedom Act of 2012''.

SEC. 2. PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND CHAPLAINS OF SUCH MEMBERS.

(a) Protection.--Chapter 53 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1034 the following new section: ``Sec. 1034a. Protection of rights of conscience of members of the armed forces and chaplains of such members ``(a) Protection of Rights of Conscience.--The armed forces shall accommodate the conscience and sincerely held moral principles and religious beliefs of the members of the armed forces concerning the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality and may not use such conscience, principles, or beliefs as the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment. Nothing in this subsection precludes disciplinary action for conduct that is proscribed by chapter 47 of this title (the Uniform Code of Military Justice). ``(b) Protection of Chaplains.--(1) For purposes of this subsection, a military chaplain is-- ``(A) a certified religious leader or clergy of a faith community who, after satisfying the professional and educational requirements of the commissioning service, is commissioned as an...

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