Chaplains: Troops may fear sharing beliefs on gays

By JULIE WATSON | May 23, 2011 | 6:28 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of 21 organizations that provide chaplains to the U.S. military is asking the Department of Defense or Congress to guarantee that troops will not be punished if they openly discuss their objections to homosexuality with their chaplains.

The joint letter was sent Monday to the chaplain chiefs of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. The Alliance Defense Fund — a Christian legal defense group in Scottsdale, Ariz. — provided a copy of the letter to The Associated Press.

The group says service members might not confide in chaplains if there's no guarantee they won't be punished for opposing a military policy.