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First Gay Marriage Announcement Made at U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Buzzfeed reports on the engagement of Kaitlin Ward (left) and Lauren Bloch (right), who recently made history at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy:

It’s a tradition at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., that when a cadet becomes engaged to be married, the lucky man or woman’s friends will announce the engagement to the entire corps in the wardroom at lunchtime, the one meal that all four years of students eat together. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the announcement was a little different. “Over the weekend, Cadet First Class Kaitlin Ward got down on one knee and proposed to her longtime girlfriend, Lauren Bloch. This is the first announcement of its type.”

There was a brief moment of silence as the room realized the significance of the announcement — the first in the school’s 137-year history — before the corps of cadets started cheering and whooping for their classmate and her fiancée, the latest couple who had met and fallen in love at the academy.

More on their story here.


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  1. Very nice. Congratulations.

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 12, 2013 12:22:08 PM

  2. From a retired gay Marine, congratulations and thank you for your service.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Dec 12, 2013 2:42:57 PM

  3. From a former Radarman on a Navy Destroyer, congratulations and thank you for your service.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 12, 2013 2:48:13 PM

  4. This kind of stuff is not a big deal anymore here in military. I got gay and lesbian shipmates that are getting married soon and it's totally cool.

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Dec 13, 2013 8:16:09 PM

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