Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, hosted its first same-sex wedding Saturday.

Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in an afternoon ceremony, attended by about 250 guests and conducted by a senior Army chaplain.

The two have been together for 17 years. They had a civil commitment ceremony that didn’t carry any legal force in 1999 and had long hoped to formally tie the knot. The way was cleared last year, when New York legalized same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama lifted the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting openly gay people from serving in the military.

The brides both live in New Jersey and would have preferred to have the wedding there, but the state doesn’t allow gay marriage…

The NJ legislature passed a law allowing same-sex marriage. Republican Governor Christie vetoed it.

“It has a tremendous history, and it is beautiful. That’s where I first heard and said the cadet prayer,” Fulton said, referring to the invocation that says, “Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.”

The ceremony was the second same-sex wedding at West Point. Last weekend, two of Fulton’s friends, a young lieutenant and her partner, were married in another campus landmark, the small Old Cadet Chapel in West Point’s cemetery.

Fulton has campaigned against the ban on gays in the military as a member of two groups representing gay and lesbian servicemen and servicewomen. She graduated from West Point in 1980, a member of the first class to include women.

She served with the Army Signal Corps in Germany and rose to the rank of captain, but left the service in 1986 partly because she wanted to be open about her sexual orientation. President Obama appointed her last year to the U.S. Military Academy’s Board of Visitors.

Nice to see the US Military continue to march into the 21st Century at a faster pace than some political chickenhawks. For those of us who lived through the end of Jim Crow in our military, the result isn’t a complete surprise. Unlike some politicians, the Pentagon accepts the law of the land – instead of trying to slink back into the past.



  1. Jack O'Shyte says:

    How we love going on about what other people do in their bedrooms.

  2. Axl says:

    Good for them!

  3. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    The decadent corrupt empire has fallen, only the fiat currency remains.

    • noname says:

      Which country do you plan on immigrating too?

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        I’ll pick my state when I see how the break up works out, likely Texas Free State.

        The Militia will need a few good men to keep folks like you out.

        • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

          That is, the “Republic of Texas”, might as well get it right.

          • noname says:

            Yes, America needs a tall and deep border fence on the Red River NOW!

            All Texans should be required to have a passport to travel north, south, east, west!

            America has to prevent Texans having anchor babies in Oklahoma, oh the horror!

          • Dallas says:

            We don’t want your loon ass here. Move to Nebraska

          • pedro says:

            Funny, the same could be said about you. Move to SanFran.

  4. orchidcup says:

    Those are evil women.

    You can tell by looking at them.

    They should be burned at the stake and their ashes trampled by donkeys.

    God told me to tell you this. Honest Injun.

    Would I lie?

  5. Charles says:

    osama being reelected is a sign we are in The Last Days before Christ comes, osama Evolved just before he was reelected ( we all know why, osama wanted the votes, and will do whatever it takes to get them no matter the source. A Morally Corrupt administration was needed and wasn’t hard to find, at the Demonrat Convention they voted to leave out the Name of God, until the Decent Moral people in the convention ( who are in the Minority in the Demonrat party ) made such an uproar that they had to put Gods name back. Evil and Immorality are taking over the world. God says in the Bible that ( Homosexuality is an Abomination, ( Old Testament, Leviticus ) and is very Concise and Clear about this Ugly Sin in God’s eyes in the New Testament Romans ch. one, yet these ( People ) think that they can Revel and Celebrate their SIN and Throw it in GOD’S FACE EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THEIR LIVES AND THEY ARE GOING TO DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN, I WOULDN’T HOLD MY BREATH.
    BY THE WAY, IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW CUTE OR NOBLE THE LOOK ITS JUST AN EVIL FACADE.

    God does Love them, but he doesn’t love their SIN, and he won’t overlook it, but if they REPENT OF THEIR SIN HE WILL FORGIVE THEM. You can’t have your SIN, and Live it t00!!!

    Ancient Rome The Greatest Nation in the World at that time in history. Became Corrupt Morally and Sexually as America is doing,
    Anything goes and is Gradually becoming Accepted here in America Too, but Thank God most of the world is not and will not accept this Repulsive and Disgusting Evil, they are just going To Hell in Different ways, such as their choice of CULTS ALSO KNOWN AS RELIGIONS. We will chose how we live, and THE ONE GOD WILL CHOSE HOW WE FACE ETERNITY. HAVE A NICE DAY.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      Leftist progressive loons have much in common with the cults…they are just as crafty misdirecting from anything that detracts from the cult….

      And they twist the words of the opposition to lie about their positions, and slander them.

      But what is truly hilarious, these emotion led nutters often are bested by the straw men they set up….lacking the intellectual capital to critically defeat a premise….

      The evil spirit would be the Straw Man argument they thought would be easy to defeat to smear their opponents:

      15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
      16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (Act 19:15-16 NKJ)

    • getintouch says:

      fuck you and your god…

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        You illustrate and prove my point, lacking the intellectual tools required to critically discuss any issue, you curse, froth and stew…

        Cultists, and progressives are cultists, cannot argue points intelligently…they always resort to smear and name calling.

        Some vainly try to discuss an issue, but soon realize the facts don’t support their nutter theories…so they spew cursing…

        Thanks.

    • orchidcup says:

      You religious fanatics have been saying exactly the same things for two thousand years.

      The world is coming to an end. The world is full of sin. The Bible says this. The Bible says that.

      Matthew 16:28 says “There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

      Almost every religious sect has predicted the End of The World and The Second Coming.

      World War One was the end of the world in recent. Then World War Two became the end of the world. Then there were predictions the world would end in 1988 for some strange reason. Then the Y2K computer bug signaled the end of the world.

      The End Of The World has been just around the corner for two thousand years.

      Maybe one of these days the religious nutjobs that wish for an apocalypse will get their wish.

      I prefer to live my life one day at a time with a positive attitude. If Jesus returns, then we can talk about things.

      I am certain Jesus will forgive me if I am skeptical of religious wingnuts and their false predictions of an impending apocalypse.

      • orchidcup says:

        Now the Mayan calendar says The End Of The World will fall on December 21.

        Wonderful. Let’s have a party.

        • Deehexi says:

          @orchidcup… didn’t you hear? It was cancelled. So no afterparty… Oh well. But seriously … They found another mayan calendar that goes way beyond that date. And if you think about it…the one where people say the world will end on 21 Dec…the calendar ens a cycle, that’s all. So when one ends a new one will begin.
          Other than that I agree with you on what you said before!!! Let’s talk when the fairy tale comes true.

  6. Likes2LOL says:

    Just a thought: All these gay marriages include lots of money spent on wedding clothes, receptions, gifts, travel and hotel accommodations for the guests, etc. = good for the economy.

    Gay newlyweds are the new job creators!