West Point Chapel Holding 1st Gay Marriage Today
It is a happy weekend for Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Dara Gnesin. Not only are they tying the knot, but they're making history as the first same-sex couple to do so in military academy West Point's chapel, USA Today reports. Such an event would have been forbidden under Don't Ask, Don't Tell:
Fulton, a veteran and the communications director of an organization called Outserve — which represents actively serving gay, lesbian and bisexual military personnel — confirmed in an e-mail to USA TODAY Friday night: "We will be the first same sex couple to wed at the Cadet Chapel at West Point."
The wedding will be the second gay marriage West Point has hosted. The first was a small, private ceremony last weekend between two of Fulton's friends in a smaller venue on the campus.
The women would have rather married in New Jersey, where they live, but as we all know, Gov. Chris Christie put personal political ambitions ahead of equality when he vetoed that state's marriage equality bill. The women say they didn't want to wait any longer: Gnesin has triumphed over breast cancer but still suffers from multiple sclerosis.
"It is wonderful for us to celebrate the recognition that New York state will give our marriage, [but] there is also some regret that we can't get married in our home state," Fulton told the paper.