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Marine Makes History: First Same-Sex Proposal at White House

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Just days before the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law, a gay marine is making history with what is believed to be the first-ever same-sex marriage proposal in the White House.

It happened this past weekend when U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps was on a White House Christmas tour with his partner, Ben. The couple met at the White House earlier this year during an LGBT Pride Month event. The photo of Phelps popping the question quickly went viral:

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Congratulations to the happy couple! Their picturesque engagement is a touching way to cap off what has been a truly historic year for LGBT equality.

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