FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The North Carolina home of the Army’s 82d Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies.
Fort Bragg saw Major Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor exchanged vows on Saturday.
The pair married in Washington, D.C., in August. The Fort Bragg ceremony was not a wedding, which is barred by state law.
But the event, which drew together more than 100 people to bless the pair’s marriage, is believed to have been the first for a same-sex couple at Fort Bragg.
Attendees at the Episcopal service included a one-star general and a command sergeant major.
Also attending were Lieutenant Colonel Heather Mack and her wife, who initially was barred from membership in the Fort Bragg Officers’ Spouses Club before the group relented this year.
In Utah last week, hundreds of gay couples lined up to get a marriage license after a judged ruled Friday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.
The couples were to hoping to marry before government offices closed for the weekend — and before an appeals court could stay the decision that made Utah, at least for the moment, the 18th state to allow same-sex marriages.