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We've witnessed a number of firsts the last couple of days.

First came the Arkansas marriage equality decision and the first same sex (civil) marriages in a southern state. That was certainly great news, and a wonderful first.

Then, Conchita Wurst, a bearded drag queen from Austria, won the Eurovision competition.

Third, Michael Sam, an award winning openly gay football player from Missouri is drafted into the NFL by the Rams ... another wonderful first.

And, now the first same-sex wedding has taken place at the US Navel Academy in their famed chapel.

From Towleroad:

The very first gay wedding at the US Naval Academy took place yesterday afternoon in the school's famed chapel. The couple, David Bucher and Bruce Moats, were wed in front of 100 guests, including their own two children. Bucher graduated from the Maryland Academy over 20 years ago.

According to NBC News, even though the Academy did not oppose the ceremony, the two still faced some challenges.

But Academy Chaplain Lt. John Connolly, who officiated the ceremony, said the run-up to the memorable day wasn’t all smooth sailing.

“Not everyone agrees that this should be happening and it took a significant amount of discernment on my own part as well as this couple’s as they were preparing for the day,” Connolly said.

But as he got to know Bucher and Moats, he understood how in love they were. “The more I met with this couple, the happier I was to be presiding today,” he added.

Originally posted to librarisingnsf on Sun May 11, 2014 at 04:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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