Pentagon to Allow Chaplains to Officiate Gay Weddings

According to new military rules in the wake of the 20 September lift of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, it is now officially authorized for chaplains to officiate over all marriages with only two conditions:  The chaplain must be willing, and is not obligated to conduct gay marriages if the chaplain is personally against the concept in addition it must be legal in the state in question.

Of course, such a progressive policy was destined to draw its fair share of detractors. Including social conservative groups such as “Concerned Women for America”, the “American Family Association”, and Military Catholic Poo-bah Archbishop Timothy Broglio who fall back on DOMA as their defense.

From my understanding, DOMA does not apply in this case as the chaplains are just conducting the ceremony rather than bestowing legal rights, and Pentagon Legal seems to agree with me. So barring the inevitable rash of lawsuits somehow stifling the freedom of America’s gay Soldiers through an injunction, huzzah for all the gay Soldiers out there. One Right at a time.

(source: Army Times)


  1. Aliasalpha says

    So in the case of troops on foreign deployment how does that work, do local laws regarding gay marriage apply? Does it depend on where the people in question normally live? Are foreign deployments too busy for getting married?

  2. geocatherder says

    Another legal minefield, summed up by Aliasalpha. I’m 51, and I hope to live to see the day when people just like me — except for the trivial difference that they love people of the same sex — will be able to get married anywhere in the U.S. That won’t make my marriage less than it is, it’ll make my marriage more than it is.

  3. says

    Like all broad policies, I am sure the details would need to get worked out. The deployed situation peaks my intrests as married couples are able to co-habitate, I’ll ask our law guys next time I bump into them.

  4. fastlane says

    If you haven’t peeked at Altehian Worldview, there’s an interesting take on this over there.

    Some religionuts are actually arguing now that Gov policy takes precedence over religious conscience.

    This should fun to watch for a while, as all their pointy littly empty heads start exploding while they pretend they are being consistent.

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