“Marine makes first same-sex marriage proposal in the White House”

By Scott Stump, TODAY contributor

The American Military Partner AssociationU.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps gets down on one knee to propose to partner Ben Schock on Saturday night in the first same-sex marriage proposal at the White House.

The American Military Partner Association
U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps gets down on one knee to propose to partner Ben Schock on Saturday night in the first same-sex marriage proposal at the White House.

U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps asked, and his partner Ben Schock said yes.

On Saturday night, Phelps was photographed getting down on one knee in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage proposal ever made in the White House. The couple’s engagement came 14 months after the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy officially ended, and the joyful photo was quickly passed around on social media shortly after it was posted online by the American Military Partner Association. The proposal occurred while Phelps and Schock were taking a Christmas tour of the White House together.

“Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come,” Phelps wrote on his Facebook page. “Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!”

“Such a wonderful night for us, and it’s received so much attention on Facebook!’’ Phelps also wrote on his blog. “Really, the only thing on my mind was making it a memorable and unforgettable night for Ben. Thank you all for the well wishes!!”  FULL ARTICLE

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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