Military chaplains report few problems as gays serve openly

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Most military chaplains and their civilian coordinators report no serious restrictions on chaplains' religious freedom or rights of conscience since gays began serving openly.

Before the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was repealed, many retired chaplains warned it would trigger an exodus of chaplains whose faiths consider homosexual acts to be sinful. So far, however, only a few have resigned.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services adamantly opposed repeal, but says he's unaware of any major repeal-related problems that have arisen for Roman Catholic chaplains during the first nine months of the new era.

Assemblies of God and Mormon chaplains also haven't reported problems, according to their coordinators.

The executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, retired Army chaplain Ron Crews, says some active-duty chaplains are dismayed by repeal-related changes but don't speak out publicly because they fear retaliation or do not get permission from superiors.

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