First Same-Sex Wedding Held on a Military Base!
Here’s one for the history books: Tech Sgt. Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens exchanged vows at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst last month, making them the first same-sex couple to marry on a military base.
“We asked [about holding the ceremony on the base], and they were very open about it, but [said], ‘No one has ever asked us this question before,” Umali said in a Facebook chat hosted by Slate. “We did not get any push back from the base or leadership. All they asked was that we be patient because this was the very first one.”
About 150 family and friends, including the couple’s four children (from previous relationships with women), were in attendance. Following the ceremony, Erwynn and Will took their kids on a vacation to Disneyland.
“One thing that we know and want to show our kids is to be true to yourself and love everyone no matter what,” Erwynn told ABC News. “This is a victory for us because our kids still love us and we love each other and that is what they see.”
Congrats Erwynn and Will!