[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday issued a memorandum [text, PDF] giving military chaplains permission to participate in or officiate same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] ceremonies. The memorandum, released by Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Clifford Stanley [official profile] further provides that chaplains can perform a ceremony either on or off military property as long as it complies with state and local laws. Chaplains are also not required to participate or officiate if…