Pentagon Allows Gay Weddings on Military Bases
And will allow military chaplains to perform them
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2011 2:38 PM CDT
Joseph Martinez (C) an active duty sailor in the Navy, prepares to march during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Defense Department today issued guidance to military chaplains saying that they are free to perform gay marriages on or off military bases in states where it’s legal. The memos are quick to add that these weddings can’t be official Defense Department events, and that “making DoD facilities available for private functions ... does not constitute an endorsement of the activities by DoD,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Ceremonies will be allowed in any state where the law does not explicitly forbid them. Chaplains, however, aren’t obligated to perform such ceremonies if they have religious objections. “Just because the Department of Defense says this can happen, the chaplains perform such rites in keeping with their ecclesiastical authorization. Period,” a spokesman for the Military Chaplains Association tells the Washington Post.

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Oct 4, 2011 8:46 AM CDT
Number one: I'm hardly a "conservative". Number two: The holocaust should be debated. The plaque at Auschwitz has been changed at least three times with a lower count of deaths each time. Fact. Number three: Your disgust is just your feelings and your letting them get in the way of logic and thinking for yourself. So much for you being "open minded".
Oct 1, 2011 3:57 AM CDT
Next headline from the Pentagon may well be the apparel change selection of Army Green to a Pastel Pink for the queers. Oh, that good idea would be discrimination or something like that. So forget it. Just sayin...
Sep 30, 2011 8:58 PM CDT
As long as every one involved performs his or her duties and NOT let personal life interfere ... Whatever....