It has always bemused me when people attack homosexuals who wish to serve in the military. Often the critics are those who like to trumpet their patriotism, so it seems odd to criticise those who are willing to defend their country. It is good to see that the British army has gone one step further than mere acceptance (eleven years ago it was discharging people because of their sexuality) and is now blessing homosexual partnerships:
The Household Cavalry, famed for escorting the Queen during state occasions and the fact that it counts both her grandsons among its officers, celebrated its first gay wedding in style. L/Cpl Wharton was joined in a civil partnership with his boyfriend, the Virgin air steward Thom McCaffrey, 21, surrounded by members of L/Cpl Wharton’s regiment, the Blues and Royals.
“The entire regiment has been really supportive,” he said. “When I went to ask the Squadron Leader, Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah, for permission to get married, he just said ‘This is fantastic, congratulations’.”
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