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Navy reverses itself on gay marriages on military bases

Associated Press Contributor

Washington (CNN) — The Navy did an abrupt about-face late Tuesday, suspending earlier guidance that could have allowed same-sex marriages on military bases once the Pentagon scraps its present Don’t Ask, Dont Tell policy.

A memorandum from the Chief of Chaplains, Rear Admiral M.L. Tidd, suspended one he issued about a month ago.

“My memorandum of 13 April 2011 is hereby suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and inter-Departmental coordination,” Tidd wrote on Tuesday to all Navy chaplains and “religious program specialists.”

The green light for gay marriage on military bases prompted a new round of Congressional opposition to ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

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