S: GARY & DAN'S WEDDING — SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
6: GARY & DAN’S WEDDING CEREMONY Prelude Music: "Somewhere" by Barbra Streisand WELCOME Good evening. Welcome to Vermont and to Moose Meadow Lodge. Most importantly, welcome to the wedding ceremony of Lieutenant Gary Ross and Dan Swezy. Gary and Dan would like to thank you for being here with them today. They know that taking the time, and making the trip, took considerable effort for you and their hearts are filled with deep appreciation and gratitude. Gary and Dan would also like to thank you for supporting them along their journey to make this day a reality: YOU are the most important and influential people in their lives. YOU are part of their yesterdays, their today, and their tomorrows. YOU are among those they choose to call family and friends. On this momentous day, surrounded by family and friends, Gary and Dan also remember those who are no longer with us; especially Gary’s grandmother, Dolores Hulsman, and Dan’s father, John Swezy.
7: PURPOSE OF TODAY As we are gathered here at this late hour, anticipating the stroke of midnight, Gary and Dan are clearly eager to turn the page on a new chapter in their lives together. We are not here to mark the beginning of their relationship, but we are here to affirm their relationship which has flourished for 11 years, 7 months, 15 days, and counting. Since 2004, same-sex couples have been legally married in Massachusetts followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, the District of Columbia, New York, and briefly in California. Gary and Dan would have been married a long time ago, but the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy prohibited them from getting married. They are finally standing here before you tonight because President Barack Obama signed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010” into law and it goes into effect at midnight. Gary and Dan would like to acknowledge Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for pioneering the battle to end discrimination and harassment in the military. They would also like to acknowledge Servicemembers Legal Defense Network for lobbying Congress and for supporting service members harmed by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Gary and Dan, although I am officiating here today, no person or ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love and patience; through dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through tenderness and laughter; through learning to forgive, learning to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest. You have created your marriage more surely than any document we will put our signatures on tonight. This ceremony will witness and affirm your commitment to love each other. STATEMENT OF INTENT We have come together to witness the marriage of Lieutenant Gary Ross and Dan Swezy. Do you both come here freely to join in legal marriage? Response: We do.
8: EXCHANGE OF VOWS Now that you have declared your intentions, I invite you to share your vows with one another. Gary: Dan; as I have promised before, I gladly promise again; to give you my love, comfort, and support; and to be open and honest at all times. I renew this promise for the rest of my life as your husband. Dan: Gary; as I have promised before, I gladly promise again; to give you my love, comfort, and support; and to be open and honest at all times. I renew this promise for the rest of my life as your husband. EXCHANGE OF RINGS Gary and Dan, you have chosen the ring to symbolize your commitment to love. The ring is a never ending circle which symbolizes a never ending commitment to love. As you place your ring on each other's finger, please repeat after me: Gary: Dan, with this ring, I pledge my love to you. Dan: Gary, with this ring, I pledge my love to you.
9: BEST WISHES Gary and Dan, look into each other's eyes and remember this historic moment. Your commitment to love each other has triumphed over politics and policy. Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other sincerely, who honor each other as individuals, and who wish to unite their lives and share the future together. May your marriage be a constant source of strength and renewal. PRONOUNCEMENT Time: 23:59:40 Gary and Dan, you have presented yourselves at this place and at this time to publicly proclaim your commitment to love each other. Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the beautiful State of Vermont, Time: 00:00:00 I hereby recognize, certify, and pronounce you legally married. You may now kiss.