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Navy Lieutenant Marries Partner at Midnight, as 'DADT' is Repealed


Navy Lt. Gary Ross married his partner of 11 years, Dan Swezy, in Duxbury, Vermont at the stroke of midnight last night, just as the military's ban on gays in the military was officially repealed, the AP reports:

Ross, 33, and Dan Swezy, a 49-year-old civilian, traveled from their home in Tucson, Ariz., so they could get married in Vermont, the first state to allow gays to enter into civil unions and one of six that have legalized same-sex marriage.

Ross wore his dress uniform for the double-ring ceremony that began at 11:45 p.m. Monday at Duxbury's Moose Meadow Lodge, a log cabin bed-and-breakfast perched on a hillside about 15 miles northwest of Montpelier. The lodge says it hosted the state's first gay wedding in 2009.

Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson proclaimed the marriage at exactly midnight.

"This is Gary's official coming out," Trulson said.

History being made in so many ways today. Ross plans on having a full career in the military.

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  1. This is awesome.

    Posted by: ColinATL | Sep 20, 2011 9:18:03 AM

  2. Wonderful. Hope they'll live happily ever after.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 20, 2011 9:34:46 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 20, 2011 9:41:55 AM

  4. How beautiful.
    I wish them well.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 20, 2011 10:30:45 AM

  5. Congrats, guys.

    Our governor, Peter Shumlin, responded on FB:
    "I am proud to support the full rights of all Vermonters regardless of sexual orientation and am glad folks are coming to Vermont, celebrating their partnership in our Green Mountain State."

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 20, 2011 11:10:24 AM

  6. I can't imagine hiding who I am for 11 years. I am so happy that he is able to finally be open and marry the man he loves!

    Posted by: Courtney | Sep 20, 2011 11:32:22 PM

  7. Mazel tov!

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 21, 2011 2:00:49 AM

  8. Congrats to you, sir. I hope you boys have an amazing future together!

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 5, 2011 12:08:02 PM

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