West Point Celebrates First Same-Sex Wedding at Military Chapel
Congratulations Brenda Sue Fulton and Penelope Gnesin – you just got married! To each other! At a United States military campus. And you’re both ladies! But hey, you already knew that.
Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows with her girlfriend of 17 years in a ceremony conducted senior Army chaplain, Col. J. Wesley Smith of Dover Air Force Base.
And lest any ‘phobes huff and puff about a lesbian wedding at our nation’s most elite military academy, get this; the couple preferred to marry in their home state of New Jersey, but same-sex marriage is currently illegal there.
“We had always said that we wanted to get married in New Jersey,” Fulton told USA Today, but “we didn’t want to wait any longer,” particularly because Gnesim, 52, is a breast cancer survivor and suffers from multiple sclerosis.
“It is wonderful for us to celebrate the recognition that New York state will give our marriage,” Fulton said, but “there is also some regret that we can’t get married in our home state.”