Gay service members from Army soldiers to Air Force officers are planning to celebrate the official end of the
military’s 17-year policy that forced them to hide their sexual orientation with another official act – marriage.
A 27-year-old Air Force officer said he can’t wait to wed his partner of two years. But in the eyes of the military the marriage will not be recognized and the couple will be denied most of the benefits the Defense Department gives to heterosexual couples to ease the costs of medical care, travel, housing and other living expenses. >>>
The US Navy is planning to allow chaplains to conduct gay marriages on its bases once the ban on openly gay soldiers is lifted this summer. The move would allow chaplains to perform the ceremonies in states which allow the practice.