West Point graduates Larry Lennox-Choate, left, and Daniel Lennox-Choate leave church following their wedding ceremony on Nov. 2 at the U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel in West Point, N.Y. Choate and Lennox are the first men to wed at the chapel since New York legalized gay marriage in 2012. The chapel has already hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012. (Jill Knight / AP)
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WEST POINT, N.Y. — Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy’s first wedding between two men.
Larry Choate III, class of 2009, married Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, before about 20 guests.
Choate, 27, taught Sunday school at the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel and said he always thought of it as the place he would get married if he could.
West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012, more than a year after New York legalized gay marriage. But Saturday’s wedding was the first time two men wed at West Point.
“It’s maybe one more barrier that’s pushed over a little bit, or maybe one more glass ceiling that’s shattered that makes it easier for the next couple,” Choate said Friday.
Choate and Lennox are out of the military and wore tuxedoes for the ceremony. Some of their guests were in uniform.
The 28-year-old Lennox is getting his master’s degree in business administration at Harvard University. Choate is applying to Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The pair did not know each other as cadets but met later through a friend.
Chaplain Cynthia Lindenmeyer officiated the ceremony.