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December 3, 2012

Saber the Moment: Gay Wedding at West Point

Gay Marriage West Point Chapel sword arch

Call it a sign of the times. With West Point’s Chapel holding its first gay marriage, the photo above illustrated a completely straight news story (if you’ll pardon the pun) at the otherwise right wing

The photo just below, which accompanied this CS Monitor article seemed more popular in the majority of media stories. Brenda Sue Fulton on the right was a West Point grad, the ceremony performed by an Army chaplain friend of hers from Dover Air Force Base.

West Point Chapel Gay Marriage

It’s hard to argue with the lead photo for maximum impact though. Given the importance of ritual in military affairs, incorporating the traditional saber arch (formed during marriage ceremonies) truly melds gay marriage and military culture. At the same time, it’s sort of funny too, considering all the “saber rattling” that went on over gays serving openly up right up until the day the barrier was broken.

The photo, by the way, was taken and made available to the wire services by Outserve-SLDN, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel of which Fulton is also a board member. I guess the further point is, not just anybody can get married at West Point.

(photo: Jeff Sheng/Outserve-SLDN/AP caption: In this photo provided by Outserve-SLDN, Brenda Sue Fulton, center left, and Penelope Gnesin, proceed through an honor guard forming an arch of raised swords after exchanging wedding vows at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Their ceremony marks the first time a same sex couple had their wedding in the Cadet Chapel, the landmark gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the Academy. The chaplain and woman at left are unidentified.)

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  • BooksAlive

    Significant that women, not men, are first?

  • LanceThruster

    This is pretty cool any way you look at it. These are freedoms worth fighting for.

  • ArmyRetiree2010

    Yes, I went to West Point. I went to war. I have come home to see a people spit in the face of God and call anyone who stands up for what is right, hateful and intolerant. Not in my house, but look who appoints the West Point Chaplain. It is The President. I have liked him quite a bit and now I simply have no respect for him as a President or a Father to permit this to go on in what is a public taxpayer funded Chapel. This is not law. This is not moral and no nation which goes down this path can survive.

    Teach what is right. Let them live as they want on their own and not forcing this in a house of God. I am terribly upset and truly appalled, no matter how nice the 2 are.

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