Gay Mounties Married in Uniform
YARMOUTH, CANADA -- Two gay men, both members
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, were married in a ceremony on
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Wearing their scarlet coats, RCMP constables Jason Tree and David Connors
exchanged vows before a justice of the peace and a troop of other Mounties
in their fabled red serge.
Reaction to the wedding - the first between two male RCMP officers in
uniform - has befuddled the couple, who have been overwhelmed by interview
requests from reporters and congratulations from well-wishers they have
don't see our wedding as anything different or special," Tree said. "Our
goal was to get married, not have an international media story.
"I fail to see the big deal."
The 27-year-old Tree, who has been an RCMP officer for six years, said he
has received about 60 letters from strangers congratulating him on the big
event and praising the couple for publicly proclaiming their love - and
doing so in uniform.
He has heard the jokes that refer to the couple as the Brokeback Mounties,
while headlines blurt out that this Mountie has gotten his man.
Tree said he and Connors, 28, never intended to make a political
Same sex marriage was recognised by Canada's Parliament a year ago. New
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pledged to hold a free vote
in the House of Commons this fall to determine whether the issue should be
Ken Spragg, a guest at the private ceremony, called the wedding another
step toward gays being treated like everyone else.
"I got to see them take the vows that other people have taken for
granted," Spragg said. "So many don't understand what it means to have
Spragg said the fact the gay couple can do what everyone else can do "is