What happens if the cohabitating homosexuals break up? Their declaration to Obama says: "We must inform my service not later than 30 days after (a) the date of the dissolution of the domestic partnership, (b) the date the partnership no longer meets the eligibility requirements, or (c) termination of the domestic partnership by death."
Obama is not offering cohabitating heterosexuals the same deal -- yet.
In his memorandum, Panetta conceded there are some benefits the Obama administration cannot yet extend to cohabitating homosexuals because the Defense of Marriage Act is still in force. But he indicated he wants the military to act as quickly as possible in accommodating same-sex cohabitators.
"Implementation of these benefit changes will require substantial policy revision, training and, in the case of identification cards, technical upgrades," he said.
Training? Clearly, under this new directive, the armed services will need to "train" their personnel to treat cohabitating homosexuals as if they were married heads of families. In the armed services, at least, unless Congress does something to stop him, Obama can command people to do this.
As he did in his opposition to an Illinois bill that would simply have defined born babies as persons, and in his regulation requiring Catholics to act against their faith by buying or providing health care plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, Obama here has put himself again in direct conflict with the natural law.
In 1937, Pope Pius XI, in an encyclical letter condemning the German Reich, spelled out the implications of a government that flouts the unchanging moral rules that govern all men and nations.
"To hand over the moral law to man's subjective opinion, which changes with the times, instead of anchoring it in the holy will of the eternal God and His commandments, is to open wide every door to the forces of destruction," said the pope. "The resulting dereliction of the eternal principles of an objective morality, which educates conscience and ennobles every department and organization of life, is a sin against the destiny of a nation, a sin whose bitter fruit will poison future generations."
"We are especially referring to what is called the natural law, written by the Creator's hand on the tablet of the heart and which reason, not blinded by sin or passion, can easily read," said the pope. "It is in the light of the commands of this natural law, that all positive law, whoever be the lawgiver, can be gauged in its moral content, and hence, in the authority it wields over conscience. Human laws in flagrant contradiction with the natural law are vitiated with a taint which no force, no power can mend."
America's commander in chief today is trying to finally and utterly uproot our society from a true understanding of the right to life, the nature of family and the freedom of conscience.