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First Gay Marriage Proposal on Military Base at Camp Pendleton

A Navy veteran and active-duty Marine may be the first gay couple ever to have gotten publicly engaged on a military installation. It happened this week when Cory Huston proposed to Avarice Guerrero at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

San Diego LGBT Weekly broke the story, and was there when Huston got down on bended knee to ask Guerrero to marry him. Guerrero had just returned from a ten-month deployment to Afghanistan. He told LGBT Weekly:

“I was blown away. I was shocked that after all we’d been through, he would honestly want to spend the rest of his life with someone like me.”

LGBT Weekly reports the engagement may be the first-ever public betrothal of a gay couple on a military installation. So far, no one's disputed that.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the government policy that banned gays from openly serving in the military - was officially repealed on September 20, 2011. Huston, who served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, was discharged from the service under that policy.

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