Officiant / Justice of the Peace
Vermont Makes History
Vermont's first gay marriage
On September 1, 2009 Vermont’s new marriage law went into affect providing total equality, allowing any loving couple wishing to marry, straight or gay, to do so under one law. What makes this law historic and significant is the fact that on September 1, 2009 Vermont became the first state in the country to pass this law through “legislation”. In other words, it was the desire of the people and not the courts that directed this law, providing total marriage equality in Vermont.
At midnight September 1, 2009 I had the privilege of officiating the first gay marriage in the state of Vermont for Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan at the Moose Meadow Lodge
Vermont Make History - Again
First Military Officer To Marry After Repeal Of DADT
On December 22, 2010 President Barack Obama brought the long political struggle over the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy to a close, signing legislation that will bring an end of the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the armed forces. At 12:01 a.m. September 20, 2011 I had the privilege of officiating the first military officer’s wedding in the United States at the Moose Meadow Lodge. Navy Lt. Gary Ross, and his partner of 11 years, Dan Swezy, exchanged vows before a small group of family and friends.