Same-sex ceremony held at Fort Bragg's chapel
Posted December 22, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — 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.