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    First Same Sex Marriage for U.S. Military

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     collierphoto shot these photos in Duxbury, VT, at the stroke of midnight today. This is one of the very first same-sex military marriages, following the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. 'I'm stunned that we've wasted our time as a country arguing about this,' he said. 'Who cares who marries whom? Let people be happy.'
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    As the controversial Policy know as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" officially ended at 12:00 AM Tuesday morning September 20th, Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner Dan Swenzy, a civilian made history as they said their vows at the Moose Meadow Lodge in the tiny Vermont hamlet of Duxbury and became the first same sex couple in the US military to be married.

     

    At the stroke of midnight, after a short ceremony attended by family, friends and the press, the marriage was proclaimed by Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson.

     

    #1: Ross, Right, shares a kiss with Swenzy, left, after they were proclaimed married by Justice of the Peace Paulson.

     

    #2: Swenzy puts the wedding ring on Ross' hand as they exchange vows early Tuesday morning.

     

    #3: As they wait for the right moment to make their entrance for the carefully timed ceremony, Dan Swenzy takes a moment to straighten Gary Ross' bow tie worn with his formal Navy dress whites.

     

    #4: Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson looks into the living room at Moose Medow Lodge to ensure everything is in place before the soon to be married couple make their entrance.

     

    #5: As the guests and family mingle with the newly married couple, Ross, looks affectionately at Swenzy as he heads for the kitchen to open some champagne

     

    #6: Gary's proud mother Kathy Campbell takes a moment to tell her son how proud she is following the exchange of vows. Her sister and Gary's Aunt, Patti Campbell looks on in the background.

     

    #7: Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson signs the marriage license following the ceremony.

     

    #8: Swenzy puts the wedding ring on Ross' hand as they exchange vows early Tuesday morning.

     

    #9: Ross (left) and Swenzy (right) wait in a hall leading to the living room for the signal from Justice of the Peace Trulson.

     

    #10: Moments before they are married.

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