By Philip Sheldon, CEO
Our home town of Key West has a long tradition of being a military town, and a more recent but equally important reputation as a very welcoming town for gay men and women.
Even during the “Don’t ask don’t tell” era, the two communities co-existed without too much friction. However, now that the military has fully embraced our Key West motto of “One Human Family” it’s been gratifying to see the ties get even closer as we all support each other.
Last month we were proud to be part of a very special celebration on our island when a disabled veteran of the Afghanistan war, Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Cody Ensley, decided to propose to his girlfriend during a visit to Key West – and then to get married the same weekend!
Cody’s friends immediately got on the phone to make all the arrangements with local vendors. Since we double as a full-service travel agency, they contacted us to set up a honeymoon fund which has already received a substantial number of contributions. Whenever Cody and his wife are ready for that trip, we will be honored to help them plan each detail for an unforgettable honeymoon!
In a very short time all the arrangements for the actual ceremony were complete, and they had a beautiful sunset wedding on Sunset Key, just off Key West. The wedding was conducted by our friend Steve Torrence, who is both an ordained MCC minister and a Key West police officer – and the police department’s openly gay chaplain.
The Key West Citizen picked up the story and produced an article. Click here to read it.
Here is a video of their wedding
Congratulations to the newly weds!
And if you would like to enjoy the hospitality of the Florida Keys yourself, consider joining our Gay Florida Keys Adventure Tour