Last month, the U.S. military officially ended the policy known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” allowing gay military members to serve openly for the first time in history. However, there’s another part of that policy change that hasn’t been talked about.
Military chaplains will now be allowed to marry gay couples on and off military bases, in states where it is legal.
Military Chaplain Ted Wilson says it’s not a big deal.
“We said that the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell would probably be a non event for the military as a whole, and it really has,” he says. “Day to day mission continues, training pilots, crew, chiefs, the mission goes on.”
A chaplain is not required to marry a gay marriage.
“If your tenet of faith prohibits that, then you are not forced to do it, no harm no foul. if you are allowed to perform it, you perform it no big deal.”
The new rules say another chaplain may step in, or a minister from the community, to perform a same-sex marriage.