Late Tuesday, the U.S. Navy reversed its earlier decision to allow same-sex marriages on military bases in states where same-sex unions are legal, should the "don't ask, don't tell" policy be repealed later this year. Supporters of the reversal argued that training Navy chaplains to perform such ceremonies would be a violation of the1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The Navy said its lawyers wanted more time to make a thorough review of the legal decision. Above, flags commemorate the thousands of men and women discharged from the military since the enactment of "don't ask, don't tell."
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