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First Gay Marriage Ceremony Held at North Carolina's Fort Bragg: VIDEO


Fort Bragg in North Carolina saw its first gay marriage ceremony on Saturday as Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor celebrated in the historic Main Post Chapel, the News Observer reports:

Toven, 44, is commander and conductor of the Army Ground Forces Band at Fort Bragg. Taylor, 24, is a registered nurse in a Fayetteville-area hospital and a pre-med student at Fayetteville Technical Community College and Methodist University.

The couple will continue to live in Fayetteville. Toven is the son of Gordon and Mona Lou Toven of Reynoldsville, Pa. Taylor’s parents are Michelle and Ben Miles of Rockingham.

Toven wore his Army service uniform, with a dark blue coat and royal blue pants, and carried his ceremonial saber. Taylor wore a morning suit: a black cutaway jacket over dark gray pants.

Watch the couple's joyful and hilarious attempt to exit the chapel in front of family and friends, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. careful where you're holding those swords.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Dec 23, 2013 9:17:16 AM

  2. This was reported with a HUGE picture in my local NC newspaper a couple of days ago. I'm just waiting for the fun to ensue with the letters to the editor.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 23, 2013 9:20:36 AM

  3. But this is not a legal marriage in NC, right?

    Posted by: John P. | Dec 23, 2013 9:36:50 AM

  4. They were legally married in Washington DC. This was a religious ceremony meant to bless their union.

    The military grants benefits to same-sex couples nationwide.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 23, 2013 9:48:44 AM

  5. A twenty year difference in ages and yet no one here complains like they did with the same age difference between the diver and the screen writer. I'm guessing it is because they are military men.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Dec 23, 2013 10:52:50 AM

  6. Totes adorbs.

    Posted by: JP | Dec 23, 2013 10:54:00 AM

  7. What is it with the 20 year age gap thing?

    Posted by: anon | Dec 23, 2013 10:58:26 AM

  8. I went to high school with Johnathan. He was always one of the nicest people I interacted with, and he was never shy about his sexuality--even in our small town high school while I was deep in the closet. I always looked up to him.

    Posted by: Landon | Dec 23, 2013 11:11:51 AM

  9. "A twenty year difference in ages... blahblahblah"

    I was actually wondering who would be the first shitbasket to bring that up. Congratulations!

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 23, 2013 11:16:35 AM

  10. Bogart and Bacall - 25 year age difference.

    Posted by: UM FROM UMBRIDGE | Dec 23, 2013 11:18:49 AM

  11. Congrats guys!

    Re: age difference—I am on the same page as Crispy. They don't need anyone's approval or judgement there anymore than they need it for loving someone of the same sex.

    Posted by: Bastian | Dec 23, 2013 11:34:38 AM

  12. Well that was fun. Congratulations.

    Posted by: Rafael | Dec 23, 2013 11:40:13 AM

  13. Involuntary oops when I saw where those tough looking women soldiers were holding those sabres. Big thumbs up for tradition in choice of the morning coat for the civilian.

    Posted by: Conttrarian | Dec 23, 2013 1:40:31 PM

  14. I wish them all the happiness and luck in the world. They are going to have some challenges for awhile partly because of the age difference, but that will fade as they get older, if they're able to make it through the inevitable hurdles of any relationship.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Dec 23, 2013 3:23:54 PM

  15. As a Veteran this is an especially awesome sight to see. Congratulations to the officer and to the gentleman.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 23, 2013 8:54:03 PM

  16. Doll, Tom Daly and Dustin Black have nothing whatsoever to do with this. Calm down and entertain yourself with Anderson Cooper's comments about his Mom. Congratulations to the happy couple.

    Posted by: stanhope | Dec 28, 2013 3:40:22 AM

  17. I wish the couple well, however I seriously have a problem with the military for this. In the military, men and women both can be punished, losing rank etc for so much as dating someone else while legally separated. It doesn't take much to lose a stripe. However they have allowed this. Ignoring the fact that NC not only does not recognize same sex marriage they have laws that PREVENT it. In short to sum up the law, sexual intercourse, in any manner other than missionary between man and woman are considered a crime against nature and punishable in a court of law.

    Posted by: anonymous | Feb 9, 2014 4:21:54 AM

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