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The Navy is considering allowing its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages once “Dont ask, Don’t tell” ends:

A preliminary U.S. Navy plan to allow its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in military chapels after the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” has fired up congressional opposition.

All services are moving forward with the transition from the present ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in uniform. Top Pentagon officials are expected to sign off on the new rules and the progress of training in coming weeks.

An April 13 memo from the Navy officer in charge of chaplains says they “may” officiate at same-sex marriages or civil unions, depending on both local laws and their religious organization.

It is not clear if the other services would have a similar provision.

“Regarding the use of base facilities for same-sex marriages, legal counsel has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation-neutral,” Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, the Navy’s chief of chaplains, said in the memo. “This is a change to previous training that stated same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property.”

In a few years this will be de rigueur. Sure, military chaplains may not be legally forced to conduct same-sex ceremonies. But eventually Christian chaplains that refuse to do so will be replaced by clergy from denominations that are more accommodating and less—how can I put it without giving offense?—orthodox.

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