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Friday, 7 October 2016

First for the US Army, as a male soldier weds his groom on base

Sergeant Alastair Smith, 36, of the 2nd Battalion ‘The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment’, married civilian Aaron Weston on British forces territory in Dhekilia, Cyprus, becoming the first gay couple to get married on a British military base overseas.



According to reports, this is not just the first gay wedding on a British military base overseas, it is also understood to be one of the first ever at a UK army base.

The wedding – which took place on September 10 - was approved and officiated by Air Vice Marshal Mike Wigston, the commander and administrator of the Army's sovereign base area.

According to an Army lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender website, Sgt Smith was previously married to a woman, with whom he had children. He was described as an assistant intelligence officer in Cyprus.

Speaking about the ceremony, Sgt Smith said:
'As well as having the great honour of being able to serve in an Infantry Battalion in the British Army, it's also an honour to be able to commit myself to my husband with the full backing and support of the British Army in the unique environment that Cyprus offers. In a country that is pushing forward on matters of gender and equality, both Cyprus and the SBAA have been massively supportive. 'We are proud to be able to serve and live in this community.
When he was a Corporal, he wrote in an army blog:
'When I joined the Army, coming out would have meant getting kicked out, but by the time I had established myself and my Battalion found out, it no longer meant a career death sentence. As a result I was afraid to come out, got married and had children. Now my children know Daddy is gay and they all love and adore my partner.'
Sgt Smith, who revealed his sexuality at a Corporal mess function, wrote in his blog:
'Rumours had been flying round and I thought 'why hide it any longer'. 'So I said to someone 'Yeah I'm gay, is there a problem with that.' 'Two of the biggest Corporals in our mess started to walk over to me, and I had a 'fight or flight' instinct, but I noticed they were both smiling. They stuck out their hands and shook mine telling me I must have been the bravest man in the world to 'come out' firstly in an infantry battalion and secondly in the Corporal's mess. He said no one in the military had seen his family unit 'as any different from any other family on the patch'. He also added: 'The Army has always had banter and I can give as good as I get. 'That said I've never had anything malicious said to me and I have never felt any different to any other soldiers in my Battalion.'
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said:
'The first-ever British Forces Overseas Territory same-sex marriage has taken place at Dhekelia's Fisherman's Cove in Cyprus.' They said Air Vice Marshal Wigston made the decision to allow the same sex marriage, while Sgt Smith was overjoyed to be able to celebrate the ground-breaking day with his husband, surrounded by his friends, family and infantry colleagues'. Sgt Smith's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Davies said: 'I am delighted that Sergeant Smith and Aaron were able to get married on the Dhekelia coastline – a cracking choice. 'On behalf of the Battalion and wider 'Tigers' community, we wish them the very best of happiness for the future.'
His Platoon Commander, Captain Dan Cole and other friends and colleagues also congratulated the couple.

33 comments:

Juliet Iwuno said...

Mcheeeeeeew! Linda take note!

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Anonymous said...

Aunty Linda, your title should read First for the "UK" army not US.

Thought you had employed a slew of people, proof reading on your site should be better na

livingstone chibuike said...

I wish una cancer of d anus

Uju Phil said...

Perverts are just every where...evil! #Tufiakwa

sarah evbowe said...

Hmmm short of words about gays

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Ew another white born by mistake.
CONGRAT TO THEM AS FAR THEY ARE HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR LIFESTYLE.
They are still better than Muslims and apc.
terrorist buhari is on his way to legalize gay self so yoruba boys should wait for their Turn ewww freeborn wept!
















#sad indeed

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Anonymous said...

the guy ass go suffer dis nite..lolz

christie benjamin said...

Well.........just.......well.......congrats!

Anonymous said...

Good. Good. An advance for human rights, reason and decency. Some people are gay. There have always been and there will always be gays. Say no to discrimination. I wish them a great life together.

Vivian Reginalds said...

hian ana ezuzu
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Odibe Blessing said...

Smhhh.....me just passing

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Happy married life to them

Solomon Martins said...

Dear Linda, Nigerian constitution forbids gay related relationships, promising 14years jail term for offenders. You need to respect that constitution and stop such publications else you may be heading to Kuje.

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End time wedding.

MAYSLEDGE said...

Linda You say US army and you report British military ????"?

Anonymous said...

Linda ikeji are you a lesbian?why report this story.. What do you want is to do with this info?I have been suspecting you!

PeACe said...

Linda Why bring us this news? Of what benefit is it to us in a community that do not support it? The devil is really among us and they are the wealthy, they have the tools and they will go to any length to force us to follow their ways. God help your children to overcome the devil

OSINANL said...

THEY ARE SO DISGUSTING

Etim Etim Samuel said...

UK not US. Your workers, Ms Ikeji, can be annoying sometimes.

niyi adetoye said...

Sign of end time....

Anonymous said...

Just shut up! Who cares about your opinion? You, your god and whatever devil is disturbing, can go to hell.

Anonymous said...

14 years? Lol, oh shut up, who's going to police gay relationships, when the police aren't even getting paid their entitlement and salaries? You think the police forces have the resources to implement such draconian laws? You're daft!

Anonymous said...

It's perverted to want to spend the rest of your life with the person you love? To acknowledge it in front of your friends and families, vowing to protect, provide and care for them, for how ever long you are together?

It is perverted to want to protect your right to happiness and resist those who tell you, you are not entitled?

Between you, Livingston Chibuike and Bonario, it's hard to determine who's more mentally challenged.

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