May 4, 2016 at 3:06 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Shevlin, Suwanlert have union blessed
Shevlin, gay news, Washington Blade

Peerapol Jack Suwanlert and George Felix Shevlin, IV had their marriage blessed last month.

George Felix Shevlin, IV and Peerapol Jack Suwanlert of Washington and Rehoboth Beach, Del., respectively had their marriage blessed on April 17 at the Wat Thai Buddhist temple in Silver Spring, Md.

Phramaha Ruangrit Thaithae led eight other monks in a traditional Northeastern (Isaan) Thailand Bai Sri Su Kwan ceremony, which was attended by their mothers, friends and family. Shevlin and Suwanlert were legally married on Aug. 11, 2011, by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Sullivan had presided over Suwanlert’s naturalization ceremony in the United States Capitol Building in 2010.

Their son, Patrick Kul Shevlin, born June 20, 2015, was also blessed by Phramaha Thaithae at the ceremony.

Shevlin is the son of Linda Owens Shevlin of Glen Falls, N.Y., and the late George Felix Shevlin, III. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore and a degree from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Maryland and United States Supreme Court bars. He worked for the United States House of Representatives for 20 years. His last position was the executive director of the House Democratic Caucus under Chairman John B. Larson. He is currently the political affairs officer for the Investment Company Institute, the trade association for the mutual fund industry.

Suwanlert was born in Muang City in the Province of Nakhon Ratchasima, in Thailand, where he spent most of his youth. He is the second son of Mongkol Suwanlert from Lampang in northern Thailand and Siriporn Rattanakul, from Nakhon Prathom (central part of Thailand).

He received a bachelor’s degree in public administration (police science) at the Royal Thai Police Cadet Academy in Sampran, Nakorn-Prathom, Thailand, where he worked as an interrogation inspector in Bangkok for the Royal Thai Police Force. He received a master’s degree in political science from the National Institute of Development Administration in Bangkok.

He moved to Washington in 2000 to work at the Marriott International Headquarters in Bethesda, Md., where he is director of global intelligence and support. Suwanlert is a member of the Private Security Analyst Group under Overseas Security Advisory Council, conference committee chair of the Public Sector Intelligence Council and the D.C. Intelligence Analyst Working Group. He completed his second master’s degree in Intelligence Studies at the American Military University in 2013.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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