Rep. Chris Murphy Wants Navy Chaplains To Perform Same-Sex Marriages In Connecticut

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has written Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus asking that military chaplains be allowed to officiate same-sex marriages in his home state, where they are legal:

Since 2008, same-sex couples in Connecticut have had the legal right to marry. I find it disgraceful that citizens of our state serving in the armed forces aren’t afforded that same basic right. It should go without saying that government policy should not prohibit the religious or civil official of their choice to perform the marriage — that should be left up to the couple and the official. When the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has been eliminated, neither the Navy nor Marine Corps will be able to discharge a service member for marrying someone of the same sex. With our state’s proud Naval and Marine Corps tradition, I anticipate that some number of same-sex couples will want to marry in Navy chapels by Naval chaplains.