10 May '11, 4am

Navy Will Perform Same-Sex Marriages On Bases:

In the wake of the pending repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the U.S. Navy announced that it will permit its chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriage and civil union ceremonies in the states where they are legal. No chaplain will be forced to perform same-sex unions, however, if they perceive the action to conflict with their faith. In a memo, the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd, said that the Navy "has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral. If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal," the memo continued, "then the base facilities may be used to celebrate the marriage." The move is potentially controversial, because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Representative Todd Akin, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, expr...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/navy-will-p...

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grist.org 11 May '11, 3am

Centuries ago, the Chesapeake Bay was filled with oyster reefs so large they sank ships. Today, in search of a cleaner bay...