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U.S. Military Chaplains Allowed To Perfom Gay Marriages

The Pentagon has released a new guideline allowing US military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in states that recognize such unions.

AFP has the report:

US military chaplains can perform gay wedding ceremonies in states where it is legal, the Pentagon said Friday, 10 days after the end of a ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces.

So far, gay marriage is legal in six US states, but the federal government does not recognize it, meaning that the partners of gay soldiers do not have the same benefits as those in heterosexual marriages, such as health insurance.

“A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law,” a Pentagon memo said.

The chaplain is however “not required to participate in or officiate any private ceremony if doing so be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion or personal beliefs.”

Read the full report via AFP