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Erwynn Umali and Will BehrensThis is excellent and thorough coverage of the lives of the two men whose civil union was recently celebrated at New Jersey’s McGuire-Dix military base. (They formalized their marriage in neighboring state New York, where same-sex marriage is recognized.) The story illustrates how much things have become better for homosexuals in the military, but the men’s personal histories remind us that the closet is a very real part of many lives. Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens have had the courage and opportunity to walk proudly out of it, and into the life they should lead.

Both young men had done what they were supposed to do. They had gone to school, gotten married, and had kids. But something wasn’t right. “Sometimes,” Will recalls, “I’d look out the window of my bedroom and think, ‘Is this really it? There’s something missing.’ ” Erwynn had the same uneasy feeling: “I was still looking for something else that I know I’m not supposed to be looking for.”

Read the rest of the story on Salon.

Posted in Socio-politics.


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