At the stroke of midnight, a Navy officer married his partner of 11 years, while simultaneously celebrating the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
Tucson, Ariz., couple Lt. Gary Ross, 33, and Dan Swezy, 49, were wed in a small ceremony in Duxbury, Vt. The ceremony began at 11:45, and Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson proclaimed the marriage exactly at midnight on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Though the 17-year-old law has been officially repealed, the Department of Defense has not signified that it will recognize the marriages or partnerships of gay and lesbian soldiers, due to the Defense of Marriage Act. Officials are also still evaluating whether chaplains will be allowed to conduct weddings for same-sex couples on military bases.