DOD Issues Guidance Permitting Marriages by Chaplains and on Military Bases for Same-Sex Couples


Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

(Washington, D.C., September 30, 2011) – Today, following the repeal of military discrimination, the Department of Defense clarified that military personnel have the same freedom to celebrate their weddings on military bases as any other service-personnel, and chaplains are free to officiate as they choose, except where prohibited by state or local law.  Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide:

“Today's decision reflects the basic constitutional rights and respect for marriage that those serving our country, like all of us, deserve.  Discrimination has no place in the military, or in marriage -- and of course people, gay or non-gay, should be able to celebrate their love and commitment in ceremonies without interference by the government.

“In the months ahead, Americans will see gay service-members getting married, surrounded by loved ones, and will get an even better understanding of how the freedom to marry helps families while hurting no one, increasing support for an end to marriage discrimination.”

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.