The May-December, or in this case, late October-December romance was the first gay wedding at the VA home. John Banvard,95, and Gerard Nadeau decided to get married after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Prop 8, making same-sex marriage legal in California.
“We were waiting on the Supreme Court to make that decision,” Banvard told Fox 5 San Diego. He and Nadeau have been living in the VA home for three years and wanted their ceremony among friends. However, some residents objected to the wedding and a town hall meeting was held to address any concerns.
“It’s been somewhat controversial,” facility director Neal Asper said. “I told them, they have the right to get married here just like everybody else.”
Though some residents were against same-sex marriage, they supported Banvard’s and Nadeau’s right to get married. “The world is changing, we have to go along with it,” said one guest.