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Same-sex ceremony held at Fort Bragg's chapel

Posted December 22, 2013

Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor exchanged vows at Fort Bragg on Saturday after the pair married in Washington, D.C., in August. (Courtesy of The Fayetteville Observer)

— The North Carolina home of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets has opened the base chapel to a same-sex blessing ceremony.

Fort Bragg saw Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor exchanged vows on Saturday after the pair married in Washington, D.C., in August.

The Fort Bragg ceremony wasn't a wedding, which is barred by state law, but the event drew together more than 100 people to bless the pair's marriage.

It is believed to be the first for a same-sex couple at Fort Bragg.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, the couple met three years ago shortly after Toven was transferred to Fort Bragg.

Taylor, or Rockingham, is a nurse at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Attendees at the Episcopal service included a one-star general and a command sergeant major.

Also attending were Lt. Col. Heather Mack and her wife, who initially was barred from membership in the Fort Bragg Officers' Spouses Club before the group relented earlier this year.

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  • 1066hardrada Dec 23, 6:54 p.m.

    Why don't these people start their own religion/church/temple. Just do it. A Christian chapel is not your church.

  • MB4579 Dec 23, 3:04 p.m.

    "I don't see anybody getting up in arms about straight, non-Christians who get married in churches, and I find it very disheartening that people assume that because somebody is gay they are not able to be Christians themselves. If marriage was strictly a spiritual, Christian concept, we'd see more of a push to make sure only Christians are recognized as married, and those who do qualify would have no problems forfeiting their man-made benefits they receive from the government.
    edtomjr"

    Well said.

  • MB4579 Dec 23, 3:03 p.m.

    "[...] Why is it so hard to accept that Christianity rejects homosexuality? [...] If you want to get married, fine if you want to follow the religion or not is a personal decision, but this is just as disgraceful as putting an idol statue on the pulpit. It's just as much of a shame as committing adultery in the pews. It's just shameful that ANY church would compromise the gospel and make a mockery of the word of God.
    sweetlyght"

    It's shameful that someone would say something like this and think they are representing the loving God of Christianity. Believe me when I say that anyone who believes that my God "rejects" people who are gay does not know my God very well at all.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 23, 2:12 p.m.

    If some of you people think there are no gays, bisexuals and Lesbians in the 82nd airborne you're crazy. It is time to except 10% of gay men and women of America. I was in for 20+ Years and known many of them. All most of us want is fair treatment. I am not sure why it is so hard for straights to stay out of the LGBT bedroom, dictating how we should live our lives.

  • edtomjr Dec 23, 2:00 p.m.

    Also, I find it funny people are focusing on same-sex marriages happening in churches, and assuming they know they details regarding said ceremonies. I don't see anybody getting up in arms about straight, non-Christians who get married in churches, and I find it very disheartening that people assume that because somebody is gay they are not able to be Christians themselves. If marriage was strictly a spiritual, Christian concept, we'd see more of a push to make sure only Christians are recognized as married, and those who do qualify would have no problems forfeiting their man-made benefits they receive from the government.

  • edtomjr Dec 23, 1:47 p.m.

    ecp1951, right, if our country was blessed as a result slavery and segregation, and for stealing this land from natives (and committed genocide against them) in order to be built in the name of the Church, I'm pretty sure same-sex marriage isn't going to be the culprit for our nation "crumbling" and becoming an after thought.

  • ecp1951 Dec 23, 12:42 p.m.

    great! our country is becoming more and more like rome every day and you know what happened to that great empire!

  • sweetlyght Dec 23, 12:40 p.m.

    How are people to argue the sedation of church and state in one breath then scream for the government to intervene in marriage in a religious institution? If your want a secular marriage why marry in a chapel and call it equality, that's not equality, that's perverse.

  • sweetlyght Dec 23, 12:35 p.m.

    Why not a synagogue or a mosque? Why is it so hard to accept that Christianity rejects homosexuality? It's a military chapel, so they have no choice, but they should. It tramples on freedom of religion. Christianity is what it has been long before this was a hot topic. Christianity doesn't solely reject homosexuality. There are no mentions of accepted homosexuality in the bible and it is specifically mentioned as a sin. If you want to get married, fine if you want to follow the religion or not is a personal decision, but this is just as disgraceful as putting an idol statue on the pulpit. It's just as much of a shame as committing adultery in the pews. It's just shameful that ANY church would compromise the gospel and make a mockery of the word of God.

  • 1066hardrada Dec 23, 11:46 a.m.

    Great, now we've caught up with the rest of the morally bankrupt, do whatever feels good, perv world.

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