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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I stopped being active in ELCA a number of years ago because I had an inkling it’s world was going to be like the display of this ‘marriage’. The lowering of biblical conscience standards started in the 1960s.
We can thank the only fudgepacker p-resident in history for allowing this abomination.
sick of the pussyfooting around...
you're an obamey supporter and voter....period...not coloring it around the edges or obfuscationg the subject....
obammey supporter...obammey supporter!
uh...would you please not lump "women" in with faggots like "women" is a dirty word...
my mother served in the Navy nurse corp during WW2 and she wore her uniform proudly....and went on to have 6 kids....
The commie DemocRATS have finally done something they have ALWAYS wanted to do. Turn the U.S. military into a freak show. It’s one of the “dreams” from Barry’s “father”. (Whoever the hell that is.)
I am so dismayed by how far our country has fallen. Turning our back on God has consequences that we ARE reaping as a nation.
FAGOT HOMOS! I am equally concerned over the military whusses that participated in giving this fagot a military sword salute. The lowest form of immoral depravity is when God gives them over to their own reprobate, sinful choice as homos or lesbians. Eternal udgement from God is the next & final step. Romans 1:18-32.
NO decent people need to stay in - ONLY 2% of the population is gay - we need to quit acting like it’s half...
You quoted words from someone else’s comment as mine. As for feminism/romanticism/progressivism, though, it will go out with the rest of the social trash after the default process caused by it.
You may kiss the catcher.
I've met with and dealt with and fought these people before, and I would advise folk not to be sidetracked by these antics, important though they may be in their own right. Ultra-progressives and marxists care only about destroying capitalism, free-markets, and traditional liberal (classic sense) democratic societies. They don't give a toss about gay marriage, social justice, womyn's rights, nuclear disarmament, green politics, or any other of the current crop of "trendy" leftist causes. To them, all such issues are mere tools to achieve their ultimate objective, and we should never forget it.
No, it won't; because the multiple negative effects that are surfacing NOW aren't being allowed to see the light of day.
Until we get a sane CIC, the insanity will continue until the military is destroyed.
You’re one of the sane minority, Kazan. Neither will I vote for a radical Leftist for president, either of the “D” or the “R” brand. Doing so enables and confirms liberalism. I will be voting, but it will be for a conservative, even if he doesn’t win.
We will have a Leftist in the White House in January regardless, that much is a certainty. The best strategy we now have is to work harder than ever to elect as conservative a Congress as possible.
There are fundamental differences between men and women, differences that matter. To ignore these differences to our own peril is the epitome of political correctness, which is destroying this country, and the world.
And yet, that is apparently fine with you. I, and thankfully others like Kazan, find this unacceptable.
Everything about that top photo is odd starting with the woman officiating the ceremony.
What we have now is official recognition of queerness which will son become demands for ‘protected class’ status for gays and demands for the first ‘openly gay general or flag officer’. This is the real goal of the queer rights campaign. To become one of the groups who can claim to be more equal than others. For the armed forces this is going to be poison for unit coherence and morale and it is going to open the services to that lovely gay custom of wolf packing. Something you don't find out about in diversity training.
If there’s ever a reinstatement of the draft, homosexuals will be the first to start screaming they’re are being discriminated against.
I just vomited on my keyboard.
I just vomited on my keyboard.