December 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm EST | by Phil Reese
Lesbian couple’s West Point wedding makes history
Sue Fulton, Penelope Dara Gnesin, West Point, Dont' Ask, Don't Tell, gay news, Washington Blade

West Point alum Sue Fulton wed Penelope Dara Gnesin at the Cadet Chapel last week. (Photo by Jeff Sheng used with permission from Fulton)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, a member of the first United States Military Academy class to graduate women in 1980, returned to her alma mater last week to wed her partner of 16 years in a historic ceremony.

Fulton — executive director of LGBT Marines group Knights Out and founding board member of the combined OutServe-SLDN — and her partner Penelope Dara Gnesin were wed in the Cadet’s Chapel by Episcopalian Army Chaplain Wesley Smith, and Rev. Vanessa Southern, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church at Summit N.J. It was the first same-sex nuptials performed in the campus’ central chapel.

“West Point holds special significance to both me and Penny,” said Fulton in a statement released by Outserve-SLDN. “To be able to legalize our union here, especially at the Cadet Chapel, is really important to us.”


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