Navy Officer, Partner To Wed In Vt. As Ban Ends

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(Host) An officer in the U.S. Navy and his partner are hoping to become the first same-sex couple to get married after the repeal of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.

Lt. Gary Ross and his partner of 11 years, Dan Swezy, have traveled to Vermont from their home in Arizona, and they plan to get married at the stroke of midnight tomorrow at a bed and breakfast in Duxbury.

Tuesday marks the end of the military policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military only if they kept their sexual orientation secret.

Ross is a surface warfare officer who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002. He says he met Swezy in 2000 and they’ve kept the details of their life together secret, until now.

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