Two openly gay captains were wed at West Point on January 13, 2018. 26-year old Vincent Franchino married 20 year-old Daniel Hall, this is a historic first for the military academy. they were married at the West Point Cadet's Chapel and the wedding marks a another historic first for the famed U.S. military academy.
Both serve as Apache helicopter pilots at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas - they were married in uniform and exited the chapel under a archway of sabers held by other West Point attendees. Hall used his own saber to cut their wedding cake, a gift from his grandparents.
The two met in August 2009, Hall was a senior and Franchino was a freshman. They reportedly began dating in February 2012 just five months after the official repeal of the U.S. ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual military service-members known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy they couldn't admit their mutual attraction when they first met. “Through mutual friends at West Point, they each learned the other was gay,” Hall said, “and though we were attracted to one another, we couldn’t say or do anything about it.”
Hall would become Franchino's mentor in a program pairing younger cadets with other older ones on a desired career path. After the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the couple would share their relationship online with their families.
According to the men they have been called "faggots" while holding hands in public. Their biggest worry is when they serve apart at separate locations. Both would try to date other people for awhile instead of having a long-distance relationship, but they would eventually reunited.