July 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Brian Fricke, Brad Catoe to wed

Brian Fricke, a board member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and his longtime boyfriend, Brad Catoe, were set to marry Friday in D.C.

Fricke, 28, and Catoe, 26, planned to wed in a civil ceremony at the D.C. courthouse. Catoe’s family and Fricke’s friends were expected to attend the ceremony.

Fricke, a veteran of the Iraq war and a sergeant in the Marine Corps before he left the service in 2005, said service members he worked with overseas planned to attend the wedding. His family opted not to attend.

Fricke, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., now works as a civilian information technology specialist for the U.S. Navy; Catoe, who hails from San Diego, Calif., is a patient care technician for the Washington Psychological Institute.

The wedding marks the seven-year anniversary of when the couple first started dating. Fricke said he and Catoe decided to wed because of the tradition of a couple affirming their love together through a public ceremony.

“It falls in line with the tradition of finding somebody that you love and committing to them, and then being able to display that, or show that through your vows,” Fricke said.

In his role at SLDN, Fricke has joined protests against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and served as a spokesperson on the issue. He’s also a member of the American Veterans for Equal Rights, an LGBT veteran organization. Catoe has also participated in pro-gay rallies, including a Capitol Hill protest this year urging passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The two plan to honeymoon on a cruise in the Caribbean.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • EL Dorado

    Damn…Fricke is hot! Wish I could have him! Where was he hiding all my life?

  • Bartek

    awwww! so cute! cant wait for tomorrow’s wedding party!

  • Shawnee

    Love these guys! So happy to witness their public commitment to eachother. Love is love.

  • Wishing you guys nothing but happiness and great sex!

  • Sam

    You got married in a court house in DC and only your friends were there- and you still couldn’t invite me. I actually really did think we were friends. You know I wasn’t “in love” with you. You need to explain the concept of gay to Brad- or maybe to yourself. I got the concept- that’s kinda why i felt so comfortable around you, because you actually didn’t want to fuck me…well, not in a sexual sense, just by pretending to be my friend. If you thought I was “crazy” you should have said something. I was under the distinct illusion that you actually enjoyed crazy. Hope your love for your wife is truer than your word of friendship, you big fat phony. That’s right. I said it. I drew fangs on your stupid coaster…before I threw it away! That’s a lie. I kept the one with the fangs, but only because it makes me laugh that I can draw on your face. Fine. I”m crazy. But you’re still a jerk. Congratulations on your blessed union. Tell Brad HI.

    • Bryan

      Seriously? Are you sure you are not overly obsessed with someone? Anyways, I hope that you can learn to let things go.

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