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U.S. Navy may allow same sex marriage

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A preliminary U.S. Navy plan to allow its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in military chapels has stirred up congressional opposition.

All services are moving forward with the transition from the present ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in uniform.

A recent memo from the Navy officer in charge of chaplains says they may officiate at same-sex marriages, depending on their religious organization.

Some lawmakers say the change would violate the federal Defense of Marriage Act...

But the Pentagon released a statement saying the Defense of Marriage Act does not limit the type of ceremonies a chaplain may perform in a military chapel.

Military officials say they do not believe they can legally bar same-sex weddings or civil unions in Navy facilities.

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