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Air Force Base in Utah OKs Same-Sex Weddings

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 02:47 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

The Hill Air Force Base in Utah has approved same-sex marriages on the facility after gay unions were made legal in the state.

Base spokesman Richard Essary has confirmed that such ceremonies will be allowed on the base, which has 20,000 military and civilian personnel, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Although no same-sex marriages have occurred since the surprise Dec. 20 ruling, Essary said that he had told the chaplain that the base was following the law.

There is at least one homosexual couple on the base. Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech Sgt. Stacey Shunk became the first same-sex couple to enter the military's "join spouse" program, allowing them to transfer from Aviano Air Base in Italy, according to Stars and Stripes.

The military allows same-sex unions on bases and other installations where states recognize gay marriages. But because most bases are in southern states, where such unions are banned, there have been few gay weddings, the Tribune reports.

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