WASHINGTON — Opponents of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal have long cited the potential negative impact the change will have on chaplains’ religious expression and freedoms, since many mainstream faiths consider homosexuality immoral. But the repeal plan outlined by defense officials on Friday doesn’t contain any extra rules aimed at chaplains, labeling the current regulations “adequate” to cover such changes.
“In today’s military, people of different moral and religious values work, live and fight together,” undersecretary for personnel and readiness Clifford Stanley said in a memo on the repeal. “This is possible because they treat each one another with dignity and respect. This will not change.”