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This issue of what shower transgender service members should use to respect privacy was considered by a distinguished commission before the policy was changed. Transgender Shower Guidelines provide this information and should prove helpful to a chaplain or commander who may have to deal with this issue

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At the 4th annual LGBT Pride Celebration at the Pentagon on June 9, 2015, the Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, announced that sexual orientation would now be part of the Military Equal Opportunity Program. This change in position by the DoD became effective  June 8, 2015. The DoD just published a briefing card explaining why […]

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The House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on September 19, 2014 to address the current status of religious liberty and accommodation within the military. The Forum was asked to make comments to be included in the record. The Forum provided a letter  to the committee which addressed two separate issues.  The first […]

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A group of distinquished law professors has written the President requesting no religious exemption be included in an executive order he will be issuing on nondiscrimination for LGBT employees for government contractors. This letter was prompted by a letter written, after the Hobby Lobby decision, by a group of conservative religious leaders requesting such an exemption. […]

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The VeteransPerspective on impact of the repeal of DADT on the force was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group and leaders of Congress. This document answers the concerns of those who were opposed to the repeal of DADT. It provided compelling evidence that repeal could be implemented with little or no impact on unit morale, […]

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An very important document that was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Working Group and leaders of Congress, We Are Family Too23June10, proved significant in the consideration of repeal of DADT.

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America continues to move forward toward equality and inclusion.   Within the last four years, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional, and a growing number of states have marriage equality as a matter of law.  As ultra-conservative groups such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, ADF and CARL […]

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In its amicus brief in U.S. v. Windsor, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (“CARL”) makes several disingenuous arguments as to why repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) would undermine religious liberty in the armed forces.  Below is a summary of CARL’s four main arguments, with the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy’s rebuttal: […]

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Most have heard of the tragic death of SSgt Donna Johnson last year in Afghanistan. The situation her widow finds herself in is an example of why the Defense of Marriage Act(DOMA) is so onerous. In this piece you will see how Tracy was treated by the Army. Equally significant is her mother-in-law’s  comments about […]

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For the first time in history, a same-gender wedding was held at the main Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point.New York. And no, the walls did not come tumbling down. Read more here.

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“Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Report

“Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Report

The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy provided leadership for a consultation entitled “Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” held at Boston University School of Theology April 8-9, 2016. We are pleased to provide the summary and report from that very successful consultation.

DoD Lifts Ban on Transgender Service.

DoD Lifts Ban on Transgender Service.

The Department of Defense has lifted the long standing ban on service by transgender citizens. This has been a thoroughly researched and vetted decision. The Department has issued both a press release and a memo on the new policy.

Answering the Question of Transgender Showering

Answering the Question of Transgender Showering

This issue of what shower transgender service members should use to respect privacy was considered by a distinguished commission before the policy was changed. Transgender Shower Guidelines provide this information and should prove helpful to a chaplain or commander who may have to deal with this issue