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Active Duty Marine Proposes to Same-Sex Partner in the White House

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on December 17, 2012

Since the fall of the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, we’ve seen some incredible firsts. Take, for instance, the first lesbian homecoming kiss for two Navy officers, or the first gay vets to get engaged on a U.S. military base.

In yet another first, active duty U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps became the first man to propose to his same-sex partner in the White House … and it was captured on camera for all of us to “awwwwww.”

Phelps via Facebook

Phelps posted the following message about his engagement to Ben Schock to The American Military Partner Association‘s Facebook page:

Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!

A gay proposal in the actual White House? Incredible stuff. Congrats!

From Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to Lesbian Kiss at Navy Homecoming
Two Gay Vets Get Engaged on U.S. Military Base

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