As California continues along its long legal road to resolving Proposition 8, the issue of same sex marriage has surfaced in a rather unexpected place -- the Navy.
As the Pentagon prepares to lift its Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy banning openly gay and lesbian servicemembers, the U.S. Navy confirmed today that it is reconsidering the possibility that gay marriage ceremonies could take place on military bases with military chaplains in states where same sex marriage is legal.
That policy was outlined in a memorandum issued last month and it would have made it easier for gay and lesbian service members to get hitched on base. Not so fast, said critics of the policy ... like Elaine Donnelly of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness.
Donnelly and others said the proposed policy violated the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which the Obama Administration recently announced was unconstitutional.
After a firestorm erupted on Capitol Hill, the Navy announced that the policy was being "suspended" pending further review.
This shows just how far the Obama Administration -- or at least the Pentagon -- is apparently willing to push the envelope ... or at least was until the furor erupted.
If the military ultimately adopts the policy, there will no doubt be an iTunes run on downloads of "In the Navy" by the Village People.
Update, May 12 12:06pm: The House Armed Services Committee Thursday added several amendments to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act including one that would ban Dept. of Defense employees and chaplains from conducting same sex marriages; and another explicitly stating the DOMA applies to the armed forces.