Fort Bragg Army Base Hosts First Same-Sex Union
Photo by Elizabeth Frantz for The Fayetteville Observer
Fort Bragg, one of the nation’s top military bases, hosted its first celebration of a same-sex relationship Saturday, with a ceremony blessing the union of Army Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor.
The ceremony was not technically a wedding, as same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in North Carolina, where Fort Bragg is located. The couple had wed in August in Washington, D.C., which does offer legal marriages to gay couples. But the Rev. Harry Abernathy conducted an Episcopal ritual of blessing, similar to a marriage ceremony, for Toven and Taylor at Fort Bragg’s chapel, reports The Fayetteville Observer. “He added that the couple’s relationship was a sign of God’s love,” the paper notes.