As gays serve openly, few problems for chaplains - Article Photos 1/3

ADVANCE FOR USE THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - In this Saturday, June 23, 2012 photo provided by Jeff Sheng, Navy Chaplain Kay Reeb of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America officiates the civil union ceremony of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali, right, and his partner Will Behrens at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the military base in Wrightstown, N.J. where Umali is stationed. Prior to repeal of the the “don't ask, don't tell” policy nine months ago, various conservative groups and individuals - including many conservative retired chaplains - warned that repeal would trigger an exodus of chaplains whose faiths consider homosexual activity to be sinful. In fact, there's been no significant exodus Moreover, chaplains or their civilian coordinators from a range of conservative faiths told The Associated Press they knew of virtually no serious problems thus far of repeal-related infringement of chaplains' religious freedom and rights of conscience. (AP Photo/Jeff Sheng)