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"Uncertain landscape" Continued...

This is just one battle that will be waged in the new front opened up by the DADT repeal. Other targeted issues include personal privacy, marriage benefits, and religious rights of conscience.

Already this year, congressional lawmakers had to step in after a Navy memo declared that that same-sex weddings could occur at chapels in states that recognize gay marriage. In response, the House Armed Services Committee in May approved legislation that explicitly prohibits U.S. military bases from being used to solemnize same-sex unions. The committee also approved a measure that bars military chaplains from officiating at gay marriages.

That Navy directive has since been revoked. But it reveals what now awaits the military and its chaplains with the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

"President Obama made a political promise to LGBT activists, and Defense Department appointees have created a shaky house of cards that is about to collapse," said Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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