U.S. Marine Makes First Ever Same-Sex Marriage Proposal In The White House
In 2012, a Marine became the first to propose to his same-sex partner inside the White House. U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps popped the question to his partner Ben Schock while they toured the White House in late December. At the time, it was thought to be the first same-sex couple proposal at the presidential property.
“It wasn’t something we were trying to do,” Phelps told the Washington Post on Monday. “I just wanted to make it a special night for Ben.” The engagement comes 15 months after the military’s longstanding “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy ended, of which Phelps has spoken publicly about.
Phelps, 35 and an active Marine captain, met Schock two years before the proposal but didn’t start dating until early 2012 when they both attended a LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House. The couple was celebrating their six-month anniversary by touring the White House Christmas decorations when Phelps popped the question with the help of a friend.
— M. Matthew Phelps (@m_matthew) December 16, 2012
Schock had no hesitation in accepting the proposal, telling the Huffington Post that
“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,” Schock told the Huffington Post.
Gay Marine Receives Romantic Proposal From Boyfriend At Camp Pendleton After Long Deployment
2012 saw a second military proposal when a gay marine was greeted with a romantic wedding proposal as he returned to San Diego’s Camp Pendleton following the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
As San Diego LGBT Weekly reported, Cory Huston — himself a Navy veteran once assigned to the Marines as a hospital corpsman — dropped to one knee before asking U.S. Marine Avarice Guerrero, who was returning home from a long deployment, to marry him. At the time, it was believed to be the first proposal of marriage and engagement between two gay men, not to mention two war vets, on a U.S. military base, according to the LGBT Weekly.
“I was blown away,” Guerrero gushed of his new fiancee. “I was shocked that after all we’d been through, he would honestly want to spend the rest of his life with someone like me.”
Check out some photos of the proposal, courtesy of LGBT Weekly, below:
Gay Sailor Proposes To Boyfriend At Naval Submarine Base After Six Month Deployment
After six months aboard the USS New Mexico, sailor Jerrel Revels stepped onto Pier 31 at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. Monday afternoon, dropped to one knee and proposed to his partner Dylan Kirchner. (Read more)
Soldier Drops To His Knee Inside Apple Store
Did you catch this woman’s priceless expression:
We are happy to report they are now married!