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)