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

Rainbow flag flapping in the wind with blue sk...

Image via Wikipedia

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.

For full article see U.S. Military Chaplains Can Officiate at Gay Weddings.

Advertisements

About vinhsu

Center City Philadelphia General Practice Law Firm with emphasis on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Immigration, Real Property, and Wills/Trusts/ Estate Planning. Licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
This entry was posted in Marriage/ Juvenile/ Family Law, National News and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s