Chaplains allowed to perform same-sex marriages

Military chaplains are in the headlines — again.  This time because of guidelines issued by the Department of Defense stating that chaplains are allowed to perform same-sex marriages on military installations as long as this conforms with the chaplain’s beliefs and local laws.

Not surprisingly, the announcement has  triggered a flurry of news stories and reactions.  Yet it is hard to imagine how the military can stay neutral in the matters of religion and sexual orientation — as it is about, say, race — and not allow same-sex marriages as long as these do not break the law or violate the officiating chaplain’s conscience.

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