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Marine Captain Is First Gay Man To Pop The Question In The White House

by Jean Ann Esselink on December 20, 2012

in Gay Agenda,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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The New Civil Rights Movement first came across Marine Captain Matthew Phelps last June, when he spoke at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at the White House. We didn’t know it then, but that event was also Matthew’s first date with  Ben Schock. That is why, when Military Partners and Families Coalition invited them to a White House holiday tour on the sixth month anniversary of that first date, Matthew decided it was the perfect time to pop the question. “It was too big not to capitalize on.” He said with a grin.

Last weekend, against the romantic backdrop of a sumptuously decorated White House Christmas tree, Matthew dropped to one knee, and asked Ben to be his husband. Ben happily said yes, making them the first gay couple to become engaged at the White House. “Matthew has made me the happiest I’ve ever been and I am so fortunate that I get to spend the rest of my life with him.” beamed a smiling Ben.

Matthew and Ben’s good fortune came about thanks to the end of DADT and the passage of marriage equality in Washington DC. It is heartwarming to see the real life people whose lives are being transformed before our eyes by these hard-won victories. We hope you will join us in wishing Ben and Matthew a very Merry Christmas, and a long and happy life together.

Image from The American Military Partner Association Facebook Page

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Bronxboy47 December 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm

All the best, guys. Don't forget to bronze a piece of the wedding cake for the Prez. It can be showcased somewhere in the oval office.

GaelicWench December 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

<div id="idc-comment-msg-div-525756136" class="idc-message"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(525756136)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthenewcivilrightsmovement.com%2Fmarine-captain-is-first-gay-man-to-pop-the-question-in-the-white-house%2Fnews%2F2012%2F12%2F20%2F56910%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2BTheNewCivilRightsMovement%2B%2528The%2BNew%2BCivil%2BRights%2BMovement%2529#IDComment525756136&t=I%20just%20commented%20on%20Marine%20Captain%20Is%20First%20Gay%20Man%20To%20Pop%20The%20Question%20In%20The%20White%20House%20%7C%20The%20New%20Civil%20Rights%20Movement&quot; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(525756136)">Close MessageHave to admit, that was pretty neat, and downright sweet. It's wonderful that the times are catching up with the 21st century. To allow gays to marry and have equal rights is the correct step for all to accept. These two fellas are winners! Congrats to them both and the best of blessings for a long and happy life together.

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