vets, gay marriage, wwii, elderly gay
vets, gay marriage, wwii, elderly gay

WWII Veteran Gets Married At VA Home’s First Gay Marriage

This is the sweetest story you’ll hear all day. On September 10, 2013 John Banvard married his boyfriend of 20 years, Gerard Nadeau. That’s happy enough, but here’s what makes it so great: both men are U.S. veterans — Banvard’s a 96-year-old veteran of World War II, and Nadeau fought in Vietnam. (Banvard’s totally robbing the cradle; Nadeau’s only 67.)

The couple had their wedding at the Veterans Home of Chula Vista in California, where they’ve lived for the past three years. This summer’s historic Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage is what pushed the couple into making their relationship official.

An earlier photo of the happy couple.
An earlier photo of the happy couple.

There has been a mild amount of controversy at the Veterans Home; not every resident was on board with the wedding. The Veterans Home organized a town hall meeting to address any concerns, but the wedding went on as planned.

KWSB/Fox5 in San Diego spoke to one resident who said “I just know that it’s against my faith and my religion, but as Americans they have a right to do what they want to do.” A wedding guest said, “The world is changing, we have to go along with it.”

Fox5 also reports that the couple hopes their wedding will encourage other elderly lovers to tie the knot.

We wish them both the very best, and many more happy years together.

Featured Image via Fox5/San Diego.

(Previously published September 22, 2015.)