US: Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Marriage

By: AP
By: AP
The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.


The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.

The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Some members of Congress have objected to military chaplains performing same-sex unions, saying it would violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

The Pentagon says a military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn't required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs.

The Pentagon also says Defense Department property may be used for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies such as same-sex unions, as long as it's not prohibited by state or local laws.

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  • by Missy Location: colorado springs on Oct 2, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    We just need to remove DOMA entirely and let people marry who they want to (as long as both parties are of age and consent). It is also unfair to allow gays to pay taxes and not be able to have their spouse collect social security etc. We all need to stop crying about government in our wallets and then cry to have government manage people's lives. If Republicans ever manage to accomplish this, then a democrat would rarely ever get elected.
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      by Brian on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM in reply to Missy
      Sorry Missy, but marriage needs to stay as God intended-one man, one woman. You want to talk fairness? How abt the stupid gays shoving their agenda down the throats of those of us servicemembers who actually have morals????? 2012 can't come fast enough!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    Yes, the military has always been a fine example of moral values.
  • by Hmmmm on Sep 30, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    Yet our Country's motto is, "In God We Trust". Typical liars.
  • by Patrick on Sep 30, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    This is an outrage so as a Military Chaplin I should violate all my belefs because Obama and his liberal ways just to get votes can pass this into law, no way resigning as we speak.........
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      by JJ on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM in reply to Patrick
      Of course we see from History How Chaplains and Priests Honor their Beliefs.
  • by thomas Location: cs on Sep 30, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    Here comes the Bigot Brigade...
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      by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to thomas
      @Thomas:More like here comes the freak brigade:( Yet another example of Obama violating federal law. Hopefully, he gets impeached soon!
  • by Brian Location: CS on Sep 30, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    How sad that the Pentagon sees fit to violate Federal Law and morality:( I don't want to know what is next:( Praying 2012 can bring us a President who can turn this country around b4 it is too late
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