US Navy suspends decision to allow gay marriages in military bases

By on May 11, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

The US Navy suspended its decision abruptly on Tuesday, May 10, to allow gay marriages in military bases, apparently due to strong opposition from some lawmakers.

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According to US news sites on Wednesday, Chief of Chaplains, Rear Admiral M.L. Tidd issued a one-sentence statement and changing its decision, now not to allow gay marriages in the military.

“My memorandum of 13 April 2011 is hereby suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and inter-Departmental coordination,” Mr. Tidd wrote, as quoted by CNN.

However, a US Navy spokeswoman told reports that overall training for openly gays and lesbians about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will still continue.

As of this writing, it remains unclear as to whether same-sex marriage will still be allowed in the US military or not, as well as the other services involved in the issue.

On Monday, the Navy Times reported that gay marriages in the military may be allowed and considering the memo issued last month by the US Navy Chief of Chaplains.

Nevertheless, it also noted the strong opposition from some conservative groups and politicians particularly contesting that it would violate the Defense of Marriage Act.

“This new guidance from the Navy clearly violates the law,” Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. was quoted as saying, who is also the chairman of the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee.

“While our president may not like this law, it is unbelievable that our Navy would issue guidance that clearly violates this law.” The lawmaker added, who sent a letter to the US Navy on Friday, May 6, signed by 63 other congressmen, opposing the gay marriage in the military.

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