Airman, partner united in civil union at NJ base
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali, right, and his partner Will Behrens hold hands during their civil union ceremony held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the military base in Wrightstown, N.J. where Umali is stationed. / AP Photo/Jeff Sheng
(AP) WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - An Air Force airman and his partner have been united in a civil union ceremony held at the New Jersey military base where the airman is stationed.
Dozens of friends and family members attended Saturday afternoon's ceremony for Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens. It was presided over by a Navy chaplain with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who also serves at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Among those attending the event held at the base's chapel was Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member seriously injured in the Iraq War. He later revealed that he was gay and became a prominent advocate for ending the military's ban on openly gay service members.
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