What is being described as the military's first religious same-sex commitment ceremony has riled two Republican congressmen.

Representatives John Fleming of Louisiana and Todd Akin of Missouri have denounced the ceremony which was held last month at the Army's Fort Polk training base in Louisiana.

The women's commitment ceremony was held at the base chapel and officiated by a chaplain, the AP reported.

Following the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford Stanley issued a memo which stated that chaplains may officiate the marriage and civil union ceremonies of gay couples in states where it's legal, including those taking place on military installations.

While Louisiana does not recognize gay couples with either marriage or civil unions, Fort Polk spokesman Scott Sterns said participants understood it was not a marriage ceremony.

“A same-sex marriage-like ceremony should not have occurred at Fort Polk, especially since the people of Louisiana have made it abundantly clear that our state does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions,” Fleming said in a statement. He went on to say repeal of the gay ban “made incidents like this inevitable.”

Akin, who has previously sponsored bills which would ban such ceremonies from taking place on military bases, said the base had violated Defense Department policy.

“This appears to be a case where political agenda has trumped the rule of law,” Akin said in a statement, “which is absolutely unacceptable.” (A video report is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)