Navy Chaplains and Gay Weddings

The Navy has decidedthat chaplains whose denominations approve of gay marriages can use Navy chapels for the weddings in those states where gay marriage is legal. Some are sensationalizing the story and suggesting that chaplains will be pressured now to perform such weddings. I’m not worried. Regulations on the rights and responsibilities of chaplains are clear, and this has been reinforced in the training on DADT that all military personnel are receiving. Chaplains can’t be forced to do something that is contrary to the teachings and practices of their denomination. This new policy is just saying that those Unitarians in Massachusetts who want to use a Navy chapel can do so. Chapels have to be available to all faiths–we are under the First Amendment.