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Photo by Jeff Sheng

Army Veteran, Brenda Fulton, weds long time partner, Penelope Gnesin

On Saturday, December 1, Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Board member Brenda S. Fulton got married to her partner Penelope Dara Gnesin at the Cadet Chapel at West Point located in New York. Last week, Army 1st Lieut. Ellen Schick married Ms. Shannon Simpson at the Old Cadet Chapel, a smaller venue on Academy grounds.

Fulton, 53, works at a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. She was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of captain. Gnesin, 52, is a holistic healer and director of the women’s choir, Giving Voice. She graduated from Rutgers University and is medically retired from AT&T.

“West Point holds special significance to both me and Penny,” said Fulton “From the time I was a cadet, what West Point stands for – integrity, leadership, selfless service – have been my touchstones. When Penny and I worked on ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we kept coming back to the core value of integrity, and that’s what made a difference. To be able to legalize our union here, especially at the Cadet Chapel, is really important to us.”

The couple is postponing their honeymoon until next year.


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