[As long as marriage equality is legal in that state.]
The Navy will allow its chaplains to officiate same-sex marriages once the military’s ban on gay marriage is officially lifted this summer, according to a new memo written by Navy’s head chaplain, Rear Admiral Mark Tidd.
Ha ha, remember how much screaming wingnuts did during the repeal fight, along the lines of “What about the chaplains?!?!” Watch this:
The memo reads: “Regarding the use of base facilities for same-sex marriages, legal counsel has concluded that generally speaking, base facility use is sexuality orientation neutral. If the base is located in a state where same-sex is legal, then base facilities may normally be used to celebrate the marriage.”
Navy marriages on Navy bases typically involve Navy Chaplains, but the memo goes on to say the chaplains involvement is not mandatory and he or she could decline to participate if gay marriage is not “consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization.”
See? If you’re a poopypants bigot chaplain and you don’t feel up to supporting all the people under your supposed care, you can stay in your quarters that day and cry or whatever, while everybody else is having a good time at a gay wedding. Everybody wins!