“Cort and I were legally married in 2013 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. With the repeal of DADT in 2010, my now husband joined the military—something he has wanted to do for as long as he can remember. Thinking that the repeal of DADT would mean an easier environment for gay military families, we learned quickly that even though you could no longer be dishonorably discharged for being an openly gay military service member, the federal government did not recognize gay relationships as a family unit. This meant that I was basically considered a boyfriend to Cort, with no additional benefits that our straight couple counterparts were receiving. It wasn’t until the repeal of DOMA in 2013, that I was able to become a card carrying military spouse, and join my husband at his command in Washington, DC, where we currently are stationed. I’m hoping to continue to work as a photographer (www.nickstonephoto.com), and excited at the potential to have an incredible diverse portfolio due to all the military moves we are expecting to experience.
You could say that I have become a bit of an activist for gay military families. There is a lot of education, advocacy, and support that needs to happen in the military community for gay military families, which is why I now volunteer with a group called The American Military Partners Association. It’s an exciting time to be openly gay in our society—standing out on the front lines for all to see. I hope to continue my efforts with AMPA, while also enjoying life outside of the Utah bubble.”
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