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An Active Duty U.S. Marine Proposed To His Male Partner At The White House This Weekend
December 17, 2012
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With all the painful news out there in the world right now, it's nice to know that some happy things are going on too.

For instance: over the weekend, active duty U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps visited the White House with his partner Ben Schock.

While he was there, he took the opportunity to get down on one knee and propose marriage. The moment was caught on camera. Check it out.


(Ben said yes, by the way).

The American Military Partner Association, which calls itself "the nation's premier resource and support network for the partners and spouse of LGBT servicemembers and veterans," posted the shot on their Facebook page.

Since then, it's been shared across lots of social media networks.

On his blog, Phelps thanked everyone for the well wishes, including the President ("Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!").

He also writes that he was just focused on making the moment great for his partner:

"Really, the only thing on my mind was making it a memorable and unforgettable night for Ben."

This may be the first same-sex proposal at the White House, but it's not the first time a member of the LGBT community has proposed there. Back in June, the White House held an LGBT reception, where a transgender man named Scout proposed to his girlfriend Liz Margolies.

Check out a video of that proposal below:

Unfortunately, Scout and Liz say they received many negative comments on social media networks after video of the proposal went viral. The couple fought back with humour and positivity in two response videos, and Scout discussed the issue in this op-ed in The Advocate.

Scout and Liz got married at a private ceremony December 6.


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