An April 13 memo issued to Navy chaplains said they could perform same-sex marriages in Navy chapels located in states where gay marriage is legal, the website Lez Get Real reported today.
The memo noted that while Navy chaplains are allowed to perform same-sex ceremonies, they are not required to do so.
Citing “additional legal review” by Navy attorneys, the Chief of Navy Chaplains said in the memo that the Navy “has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral.”
“If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then the base facilities may be used to celebrate the marriage,” he said.
The news comes following a report last month that the military’s repeal of its longstanding “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is not facing resistance from troops and is on track to take full effect this fall as planned.
Clifford Stanley, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel that the military had trained 9 percent of its forces in March without meeting any resistance to the new policy.
“It has gone extremely well so far,” Stanley told the panel.