With less than 10 days to go before the first anniversary of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Republican Senators Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Roger Wicker of Mississippi on Tuesday introduced a bill which would bar gay and lesbian couples from marrying on a military base and protect military chaplains who object to such unions from being “forced” to perform a ceremony.

Inhofe and Wicker said the bill, titled the Military Religious Freedom Act, “explicitly outlines how the Defense of Marriage Act should be applied to the Department of Defense.”

“President Obama and his administration are dismissing their responsibility to uphold the law of the land by unilaterally deeming DOMA unworthy of enforcement,” said Inhofe. “At the same time, since the repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, they have begun to pressure military chaplains to fall in line with their liberal same-sex marriage agenda. This bill protects military chaplains from being forced to go against their conscience and religious beliefs in regard to this issue. This is something the chaplains that serve this country need and deserve.”

With repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the Pentagon issued guidance which stated that chaplains may officiate over the marriage and civil union ceremonies of gay couples in states where it's legal, including those taking place on base chapels. No chaplain is required to perform the ceremony.

In June, the Pentagon held its first-ever event honoring gay service members. Later that same month, a gay service member in the Air Force and his partner entered a civil union at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, New Jersey.