Military Chaplains Report Few Problems As Gays Serve Openly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) -- Most military chaplains and their civilian coordinators report no serious restrictions on chaplains' religious freedom or rights of conscience since gays began serving openly.

Before the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was repealed, many retired chaplains warned it would trigger an exodus of chaplains whose faiths consider homosexual acts to be sinful.

So far however, only a few have resigned and conservative church leaders who assign chaplains say they haven't heard of any major repeal-related problems.

The executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, retired Army chaplain Ron Crews, says some active-duty chaplains are dismayed by repeal-related changes but don't speak out publicly because they fear retaliation or do not get permission from superiors.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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