Navy Backtracks On Same-Sex Marriage Guidelines For Chaplains
Just a day after announcing that chaplains would be permitted to perform wedding services on base in states where same-sex marriage is legal, the Navy is backing down from that plan and rescinding the guidelines:
The Navy has abruptly reversed its decision to allow chaplains to perform same-sex marriages once the military’s ban on openly gay service members is lifted, after dozens of House lawmakers complained.
Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, chief of Navy chaplains, issued a one-sentence memo Tuesday announcing that the earlier decision has been “suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and inter-departmental coordination.”
A senior Navy official told Fox News the legal counsel determined the suspension would be necessary “until broader legal and policy questions are answered.”