150 Reasons to Have Pride in 2010

BY Advocate Contributors

May 10 2010 4:00 AM ET

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We’re verklempt, and we’re not even a mother of either groom. In March, Lance Cpl. James Wharton, a 23-year-old member of the British armed forces’ Household Cavalry, wed his 21-year-old partner, Thom McCaffrey, in full military regalia that included an Iraq tour medal proudly displayed on his uniform. “It was only a decade ago that military personnel who were found to be gay could be court-martialed and could face interrogation and expulsion, ruining otherwise promising military careers and promoting an atmosphere of fear among the forces,” says Joseph Galliano, a former editor in chief of the U.K.’s Gay Times. “The fact that the military has now hosted the civil partnership reception at their own barracks is a sign of how far British society has come.” The music of choice for the men’s stroll down the aisle? “Go West,” the Pet Shop Boys’ anthem to all things homo. 

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