Pentagon allows military chaplains to perform same-sex unions

By Andrew Jones
Friday, September 30, 2011 11:24 EDT
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Ten days after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, there’s more positive news from the military for gay individuals.

The Pentagon has decided to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex unions whether on or off a military location, according to the Associated Press. A chaplain can officiate at any private ceremony, but isn’t required if it would create a conflict of religious or personal beliefs.

The Pentagon also said that any Defense Department property can be used for same sex unions, religious events and other private functions, as long as it’s not prohibited under state or local law.

Some members of Congress have objected to the idea, saying that military chaplains performing same sex unions is a violation of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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