By lex, on May 11th, 2011
Several occasional readers pointed out to me Navy’s decision to let chaplains whose religious beliefs do not conflict with the practice to perform “non-traditional weddings, blessings,” etc. in base chapels in states where gay marriage is currently permitted.
I didn’t have much to say about it then, and don’t now: I’m already tired of the subject, and it doesn’t much surprise me that Navy – keen as ever to show the political branch that they “get it”, whatever it is and at whatever cost it might come in at – is leading from the front on this issue.
I guess I’m just a little surprised to find out that Navy hadn’t floated the issue at the Office of Legislative Affairs before going public:
The Navy is revoking guidance to its chaplains that would have allowed same-sex marriages at military chapels once the ban on gays serving openly in the military is lifted, admitting it reversed course after Republican lawmakers and social conservatives said the ceremonies would violate a law prohibiting federal recognition of such marriages.
While we’re on the topic, remember the USAF nurse who challenged her dismissal from the service under DADT, after having come out of the closet? She won her case for reinstatement, but has decided instead to retire:**
Witt said it was a difficult decision she made only within the past two weeks.
Over the years that she fought for reinstatement, some members of her Air Force unit — the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron — repeatedly deployed overseas, and she had wished to be with them.
But in the end, she opted to stay in Spokane, where she lives with her partner…
“My partner, Laurie, and I have decided that we’re ready for our family to move forward,” Witt said.
So, never mind.
** 10-24-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.