Video: Gay WWII Vet Marries Partner Of 20 Years In Senior Home
Well this is the right way to start a Monday!
The Veterans Home of Chula Vista, in southern California, hosted its first same-sex marriage this past Thursday. The nuptials were between 95-year-old WWII veteran John Banvard and his 67-year-old hubby Gerard Nadeau.
The couple's decision was based on the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage rulings in June.
“We were waiting on the Supreme Court to make that decision,” said Banvard.
Many of the couple’s friends who live at the veteran’s home attended the small and simple ceremony.
“The world is changing, we have to go along with it,” said one guest.
Facility director Neal Asper said news of two men getting married at the VA home wasn’t well received by everyone. A town hall meeting was held at the VA home to address concerns from other residents.
“It’s been somewhat controversial,” said Asper. “I told them, they have the right to get married here just like everybody else.”
One resident told Fox5 he didn’t agree with Banvard and Nadeau’s celebration of their love for each other, but supported their legal right to do so.
“I just know that it’s against my faith and my religion, but as Americans they have a right to do what they want to do,” he said.
Congratulations to the happy couple!!