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article imageU.S. Navy may soon be performing same sex marriages

By KJ Mullins     May 10, 2011 in World
The Navy's head chaplain, Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, sent out a memo recently that could change how marriage looks on base, when the military lifts the ban for homosexuals.
The changes would come as soon as the U.S. repeals “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”
On Wednesday, President Obama signed the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" ending a ban that lasted 17 years of gays openly serving their country in the military. Samantha Torrence wrote about the new rules and regulations regarding gays and lesbians in the military.
When that ban lifts, things could change quickly. The memo dated April 13 sent by Tidd says, "Consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage: if it is conducted in accordance with a state that permits same-sex marriage or union; and if that chaplain is, according to the applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that state’s marriages.”
Not everyone is happy with the policy change reports Navy Times. “This new guidance from the Navy clearly violates the law,” Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee, said in a statement Monday. “While our president may not like this law, it is unbelievable that our Navy would issue guidance that clearly violates this law. While a state may legalize same-sex marriage, federal property and federal employees, like Navy chaplains, should not be used to perform marriages that are not recognized by federal law.”
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is also against the changes saying that "If the administration keeps pounding its agenda through the military, we'll need the Navy SEALs to rescue marriage.”
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