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Photo Essay: Matches

Its an old American tradition; our young return home from serving our country and marry their sweethearts.  Those wedding photos have been a staple of local newspapers since the days when "hatches, matches, and dispatches" was a Sunday feature section.  But, until very recently, gay and lesbian service members, returning home in pride, have not had that right and had to wait, for years and even decades, until now.  In recent months we've gotten so many wedding announcements we decided to share a few choice matches.


Lara Ballard (former Captain, US Army) and Gigi B. Sohn
and their daughter, Yosselin Sohn at age 3 3/4
at the old Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA, Sept. 12, 2008
Photo: Zsa Zsa Gershick


MAZELTOV! Zsa Zsa Gershick, veteran (Specialist, USAR)
and author of Secret Service: Untold Stories of Lesbians in 
the Military
, and Elissa Barrett (left)
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in North Hollywood, CA
Photo: Cynthia Fox


First gay couple to be married in San Diego County
 - Marine Corps Sergeant Bob Lehman (Operation Desert Storm)
and husband, Thomas Felkner married on June 17, 2008


Ben Gomez, U.S. Navy Veteran, LN2, founder and president of AVER-San Diego,
and Jeffrey Redondo married on Oct. 5, 2008 in San Diego, CA

AVER VP Ray Allen, Veteran, Corporal USMC, and
Paul Curtis married in Sacramento CA Sept 20, 2008

Left to Right: CA State Senator Darrell Steinberg
(CA State Senate President pro Tempore-elect)
Paul, Ray, and Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo


AVER President, Navy Chief Jim Donvan (Ret.) and partner of
33 years David Moore, married in Sacramento Oct 27, 2008

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  2008  Gay Military Signal