Navy halts move to allow gay unions by chaplains

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | May 10, 2011 | 11:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has reversed its decision that would have allowed chaplains to be trained about performing same-sex unions if the Pentagon recognizes openly gay military service later this year.

The Navy issued a one-sentence memo saying its earlier decision has been suspended and will undergo more thorough legal review.

The initial decision would have allowed Navy chaplains to receive training on performing civil unions on military bases, but only in states where gay marriage is legal.

Some lawmakers in the House objected to the Navy's initial ruling, saying the service was violating the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act by appearing to recognize and support same-sex marriages.

That law defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.