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In Chula Vista, WWII vet marries Vietnam vet in historic same-gender ceremony

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A World War II veteran married his boyfriend of 20 years in a historic ceremony at the Veterans Home of Chula Vista Thursday.
The senior living facility in Chula Vista saw its first ever gay wedding Thursday.

John Banvard, 95, and 67-year-old Gerard Nadeau, who served in Vietnam, said they wanted to have their ceremony among friends, so they chose to have it at the Veteran’s Home, where they’ve lived for the last three years.

They decided to get married after the Supreme Court’s actions earlier this year, which allowed same-sex couples to marry.

“We were waiting on the Supreme Court to make that decision,” said Banvard.

Many of the couple’s friends who live at the veteran’s home attended the small and simple ceremony.

“The world is changing, we have to go along with it,” said one guest.

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