The US Navy has announced that it will allow same-sex marriage ceremonies on its bases once the ban on gays in the military is lifted later in the year.
The ceremonies will be restricted to bases located in areas in which gay marriage is already legal.
A leaked memo from the Navy said: “Regarding the use of base facilities for same-sex marriages, legal counsel has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation-neutral. This is a change to previous training that stated same-sex marriages are not authorised on federal property.”
Conservative Americans are protesting against the move, insisting that it is inappropriate to use federally employed chaplains to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies.