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Gay marine, sailor get engaged at California base

The same-sex engagement at Camp Pendleton is reported to be the first on an American military base.

April 27, 2012

A gay marine and sailor at California's Camp Pendleton may be the first same-sex couple to make it official on base, the San Diego LGBT weekly reported.

On Tuesday, Cory Huston asked Avarice Guerrero to marry him, which the news website described as possibly the first "between two gay men – not to mention two war vets – on a US military base."

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Though same-sex marriage was banned in California by Proposition 8, a voter-backed initiative that amended the state's constitution, the two could get married in the District of Columbia, Iowa, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont or New Hampshire, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

But the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which President Obama instructed the Justice Department to stop defending in court, means Huston and Guerrero are not eligible for military spousal benefits.

The San Diego-based news website was there as Huston, who was discharged for being gay under the now-defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, waited for his boyfriend to return from deployment in Afghanistan to pop the question.

"'This is a huge step for me,' Huston said while pacing and scanning the crowd of fellow friends and family members of returning Marines."

"After a few minutes of emotional holding and kissing, Huston went anxiously down on one knee; looked up at Guerrero, who was dressed from head to toe in military fatigues; and produced an engagement ring and the time-honored phrase, 'Will you marry me?' " the site reported.

Luckily for Huston and for the record books, Guerrero said yes.

by Anonymousreply 904/30/2012

Good for them.

by Anonymousreply 104/27/2012

YAY! I hope the two of them spend many happy years together!

by Anonymousreply 204/27/2012

God. That's HOT *envy* Congrats for them!!!

by Anonymousreply 304/27/2012

Wonderful. Many thanks to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network for their campaign of many years to get rid of DADT. Now, they have their focus on repeal of DOMA so spousal benefits will be available to guys like this in the military.

by Anonymousreply 404/27/2012

I hope this happens a million times over. We need a massive change to have happened before some wacko rethuglican is ever elected to a position where they might try to return things to the days of disparity.

by Anonymousreply 504/27/2012

You've got that right, r5.

by Anonymousreply 604/30/2012

Original article, with pics.

by Anonymousreply 704/30/2012

blah...blah...blah...useless without pix...

Oh, wait - be careful what you wish for.

by Anonymousreply 804/30/2012

r8 here - I feel guilty now for being an ass...

I withdraw my previous post.

by Anonymousreply 904/30/2012
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