Skip to comments.With repeal of Ďdonít ask, donít tell,í couple says 'I do' in first gay union on U.S. military base
Posted on 07/19/2012 2:22:18 PM PDT by Zakeet
Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali, 34, and civilian Will Behrens, 35, held their wedding at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in N.J. in June
When Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali and civilian Will Behrens wanted to seal their commitment in a civil union in New Jersey, they chose a venue that nine months ago would have been unthinkable: a military base.
The grooms said their vows on June 23 before 150 guests at the chapel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst the first time a civil union or gay wedding has been held in such a facility in the United States.
While the couple says theres still a larger battle to be won before they can live in true domestic bliss, they hope the significance of that ceremony will not be lost on others in the military who want to live openly.
Its a struggle that Will and I have gone through and so many people are going through, Umali, an active-duty serviceman in the Air Force, told the Daily News on Wednesday. Now I can introduce Will as my partner or my husband instead of my friend or my boyfriend. We dont have to live in fear.
At their wedding last month, Umali wore his Air Force uniform, Behrens dressed in a tux.
Navy Chaplain Kay Reeb, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, officiated the union.
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There wasn't enough room to post the obligatory barf alert in the headline ... sorry.
It’s time for decent people to exit the military. Only a significant drop in recruitment and retention will result in DADT or a ban on homosexuals to be reinstated.
Disgraceful and sickening.
At times I regret getting out after 4 years back in the early 90s but staying really wasn’t practical for many reasons but seeing stuff like this makes me glad I didn’t hang around.
So you are voting for the "lesser of two evils" (b. Hussien Obama) right?
DOD won't ever go back to those standards. They'll just further relax those for entry. Homos in the military are there to stay.
Now you will really be happy!!! /sarcasm
Only a significant drop in recruitment and retention will result in DADT or a ban on homosexuals to be reinstated.
The military could not have timed this better. They are getting rid of people right now. They do not need any retention numbers because they already have too many people not only in the military but loads ready to reenlist at the first call. Seriously this is a disaster because they will never blame DADT on poor retention because by the time there is poor retention (when the economy recovers in 20 years) they won’t blame it on DADT because it will be long forgotten. We are in poor shape in this country for many reasons. One is our lack of morals as a whole.
Then conscription will come back. The elitists will be able to buy or influence their way out. You will then have many soldiers who don't want to be there, aren't treated well, and morale and discipline will plummet. Sounds like the Russian Army, doesn't it? Different paths, same result.
I don't vote for evil or liberal candidates. Voting for such candidates advances evil and liberalism with my vote. That is unacceptable.
The ONLY chance of the country moving the right in the next five years is electing a record number of Republicans to congress and someone like Scott Walker as President in 2016. Anything else results in the nation moving to the left for eight more years.
Gag - I hope those other airmen in the picture were there voluntarily and not ordered to assist.
ELCA chaplain huh? How appropos.
Lest anyone forget, DADT was repealed by the outgoing Democratic lame duck Congress in December 2010.
What are the chances to repeal the repeal? 0 I’m thinking - Republicans don’ have the stones.
So you are not voting at all right?
Two 4F’s don’t make a 1A.
That's what I am hoping for. As soon as there is a possibility of draft, changes, including a ban on homosexuals, will be made.
No, I'm voting for Republican candidates at the Congressional and state level and a third-party candidate for President.
Make sure the link has the )) on the end of it.
At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. Enslin28 of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy. His Excellency the Commander in Chief (GEORGE WASHINGTON) approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the
Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose.
I’m a little naive sometimes...I wondered why a Lutheran Minister would even perform this ceremony.
Then I peeked at Wikipedia for the Evangelical Lutheran Church...wow!
They allow non-celibate gays to become ordained ministers, bless same sex unions, and ‘welcome and encourage’ LGBT members to join.
The new military will be faggots, women, and PC liberals.
So what would stand in the way of Satan worshipers holding a black mass at a base chapel? Or people holding Festivus events?
I don’t even recognize this country anymore.......
Men living together are friends. It is plain silly for them to pretend that they are "married."
What an astounding lack of common sense, and foolishness for anyone over five years old playing with a dress up pretend wedding.
So so sad to hear this.......disgusted too.
The “minister” was there for show. The sodomites already had a civil union contract but wanted their degeneracy “blessed”, and this sicking “minister” did it for them. That a military chapel was used for this dog and pony show is utter bullsh*t.
and I think against regulations. But if the base commander says a word about it he will be on the next flight to
I heard the base in Thule has a great gym.
Why would people even go. That is feeding the bs.They can’t force you to go to any weddings unless you are honor guard and if everyone revolted they would back off.
What would you expect from ELCA or Epissonbible types in its disgusting.
Nothing. They already have regularly scheduled Wiccan services at the Air Force Academy Chapel.
its over...the Grand Republic is dead.
I’m glad I got out when I did. If I was still in, a dishonorable discharge would be in my future.
So what's the point of the article. Here it is:
But now, even as they live openly, the federal Defense of Marriage Act keeps them from having the same rights as straight married couples.
The article also points out that both these guys were previously wed to women; in fact, one of them was still married when they started dating. It does not mention kids, but I expect these two would have had no problem ditching a houseful of them.
Me, too. I refused to reenlist with my first combat engineer unit (cbt. light, National Guard), after a social worker who transferred from the Navy was put in charge of my combat platoon. Very young commander at the time told us to leave, if we didn’t like it. Ate the hell up. Word was, after I left, most of the younger soldiers in the unit left, too. Went to try a combat heavy (construction) unit for one year after that. Naw. Working civilian jobs while being in the Guard became nearly impossible. Decided to get on out for good.
When I go to work, it’s not for playing social politics. That includes civilian lines of work. I only show up to do the work.
Let the debt-riding, government and government-linked bosses lay and take the consequences with what they’ve preferred over the past few decades (weirdos). I’m off the plantation and don’t need ‘em any more.
Faggot First Class, you may kiss your bride.
Who is the third party candidate you will vote for?
“Only a significant drop in recruitment and retention will result in DADT or a ban on homosexuals to be reinstated.”
Not gonna happen. The politicians have identified the path to career success in the military as being pro-homosexual. The brass will throw themselves at it will full vigor.
One thing I learned working with the military is never get between the nose of a careerist and the butt of their commander. And if you ever wonder if most military officers would give the order to fire on American civilians, keep that in mind.
Oh no, a hate filled comment, whatever shall I do???
Agreed. Has been for some time actually, at least since January 22, 1973. My respect for veterans is still there, but current support the military type threads get a barf alert from me.
my $ was on the chapel with the new Muzzie room at Quantico.
I remember when they drilled it into your head that wearing the uniform to subversive activities was grounds for discharge.
My, how times have changed and I’m glad I got out when I did.
“Its time for decent people to exit the military. Only a significant drop in recruitment and retention will result in DADT or a ban on homosexuals to be reinstated.”
Why is that? Is this because leftist have inflirated the ranks of our politicians and leaving them as covert agents of the left pretending to be republicans yet unwilling to seriously push the conservative agenda while also being unwilling to undo the damage their leftist democrats have done?
I honestly care less and less for Washington every day. I just want my freedom, and I no longer see them as anything but a growing threat to that end.
If the military allows this then they should do away with their fraternatization rules and stop punishing members who have affaires. Polygamy should also be allowed as well as transgendered individuals. If the military is going to open doors to gays it should open them for all right???
Sadly i wouldn’t encourage anyone to join this military now since winning wars isn’t the goal being pro-gay is the goal.
Sadly this is the truth about much of the Federal army, air-force, and navy. Honor, and patriotism probably does indeed take a distant backseat to the Government paycheck.
I do not believe many in our modern military would shy away from becoming the oppressive tool of a tyrant against their own people. I do not even think the laws of congress would stop most of them.
We have in the Federal Military the tool of a monster, it is in my opinion only a matter of time before that tool is used against us.