Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Navy Chaplains Can Perform Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies

DON'T ASK DON'T TELL- but Navy Chaplains CAN Perform Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies

The move comes as the Department of Defense prepares to complete the dismantling of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibition against homosexuals serving in the U.S. military. With the relaxing of military standards will come the obvious demands by homosexuals to marry their same-sex partners, including ceremonies in military chapels. As reported by the Navy Times, a memorandum from the Navy’s head chaplain, Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, advised that “consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage: if it is conducted in accordance with a state that permits same-sex marriage or union; and if that chaplain is, according to the applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that state’s marriages.”

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