The Pentagon says they can, unless, of course, it violates their own personal beliefs.
From the AP:
Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.
The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon’s personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Some members of Congress have objected to military chaplains performing same-sex unions, saying it would violate the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
The Pentagon says a military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn’t required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs.
The Pentagon also says Defense Department property may be used for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies such as same-sex unions, as long as it’s not prohibited by state or local laws.
How long until the ACLU cries foul? Or until a gay servicemember decides in his heart of hearts he really wanted that Catholic chaplain to perform his ceremony?
And is this the path to sue the Defense Department to recognize SSM for benefits? Sounds like it, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be ironic if the repeal of DADT were the catalyst for the government to be forced to recognize SSM in totality. DOMA could fall as a result.