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Utah AFB authorizes same-sex marriage ceremonies

Monday, December 30, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — An Air Force Base in Utah is authorizing ceremonies for same-sex marriages.

Hill-AFBThe Salt Lake Tribune reports that Hill Air Force Base is taking the move after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, making Utah the 18th state to allow same-sex marriage.

Hill Air Force Base spokesman Richard Essary says nobody was immediately requesting a ceremony. Hill has more than 20,000 military and civilian personnel.

The U.S. military allows same-sex marriage ceremonies on installations in states that recognize gay marriage.

The U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes says Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech Sgt. Stacey Shunk transferred to Hill from Aviano Air Base, Italy, earlier this year as the first same-sex couple to be receive what the military calls a join spouse assignment.

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55 more reader comments:

  1. That’s my Air Force go! Go! Go!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:15pm
  2. Good! Show them damn mor(m)ons what for!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:16pm
  3. Idiot.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:24pm
  4. Awwww, thanks for taking the time out of your day to prove how tough you are on the internet! I'm honored.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:25pm
  5. As an Air Force Brat, I say, “GOOD JOB!”

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:16pm
  6. Hell yea !!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:17pm
  7. Kelsey Carpenter

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:18pm
  8. It’s about time.. if u can serve ur country you should have the right to marry who you decide!!!go Hill Air Force (:

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:18pm
  9. totally agree with you Nikki

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:52pm
  10. Way to go!! Hell yeah!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:18pm
  11. Do I hear a fat lady warming up…?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:22pm
  12. La la la la la la la la ;)

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:13am
  13. Good job Air Force!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:27pm
  14. That there is freaking amazing…

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:30pm
  15. my old base! yay hill!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:31pm
  16. Yes!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:36pm
  17. should have same rights they are human right?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:58pm
  18. Oh wow… never thought I’d get to see this!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:59pm
  19. Woohoo!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00pm
  20. They had that permission before – what took them so long?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:11pm
  21. About time. Too bad DADT wasn’t on the radar screens back in the 50′s when i joined up. A long time in the closet was in order.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:12pm
  22. NICE!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:23pm
  23. With the ceremonies happening there,how can a state say “NO”?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:36pm
  24. Right on!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:43pm
  25. My kids were born here ! This was my first station !

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:49pm
  26. Imagine, gay people are actually being treated like real people. It’s about time!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:50pm
  27. Way to AIM HIGH!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:53pm
  28. When you are being YOU …as fully as YOU can… YOU produce a “TRUTH” energy that is a constant reminder to those who are not their GENUINE SELF. It is their choice to rebel and spew their anger out of their “FEAR” to be who they really are. When the real YOU shows up …YOU give others the opportunity to show up for themselves, too. Turn over a New Leaf for the New Year…show up “REAL”…and let others deal with “IT”.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:54pm
  29. Glory HALLELEUJAH.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:55pm
  30. Congrats

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:11am
  31. God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:20am
  32. How original.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:02am
  33. Amen, John Sam. Well said!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:30am
  34. Great!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:07am
  35. Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:17am
  36. awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:43am
  37. Wow. I remember the “HOMO Scandals of the early 70′s. Maybe all those people can go back and get married in the chapel?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:50am
  38. Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:18am
  39. Finally ~~~Congratulations ~!!! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:35am
  40. That is a shock

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 2:50am
  41. Congrats Utah AFB!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:21am
  42. This is awesome. I plan on joining the air-force soon. And this just makes me more excited to join.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:38am
  43. Eat your heart out phil….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:49am
  44. that is so cool to hear way to go Utah Hill AFB

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 7:44am
  45. nice one and about time to.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:31am
  46. Wtg Hill!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 9:57am
  47. Love it

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:34am
  48. Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:47am
  49. This is such good news!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:03am
  50. Now that’s a base one can have …!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:08am
  51. Yay!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:46am
  52. Only about 50 years late, but better late than never. Thank you President Obama for making this possible.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:52pm
  53. I’m impressed that Utah is so progressive. Way to go! Thank you and President Obama.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 3:33pm
  54. Hey hey! That’s where I was born! Hill AFB in Odgen, Utah. w00t! WTG!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:10pm
  55. wow….they were the most anti gay branch…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:00pm