U.S. Military Chaplains Can Officiate at Gay Weddings | U.S. News | Reuters.com | 09/30/11

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – According to the Pentagon, U.S. military chaplains will be allowed to officiate at same-sex weddings under new guidelines following repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays serving openly in the military. A chaplain may participate in or officiate at any private ceremony on or off a military installation as long as the ceremony is not barred by state and local laws. Additionally, Chaplains do not have to officiate at ceremonies that go against their religious tenets.

Since the initiation of the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, more than 14,000 U.S. service members were thrown out under the rule, which dated from 1993.The repeal of the Defense Department policy took effect on September 20, 2011. Six states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Thirty-nine states specifically ban it.

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