First ever same-sex marriage proposal at White House

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps got engaged to his partner Ben Schock while touring the White House.

On Saturday night, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock made history.

They did something that has never been done before at the White House: made and accepted a same-sex marriage proposal.

Phelps got down on one knee and proposed to his partner Schock, who said yes. The picture was posted on Facebook by the American Military Partner Association.

According to the report by NBC’s TODAY, the proposal occurred while the two were taking a Christmas tour of the White House.

The engagement comes 14 months after the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy officially ended.

Phelps, who came out publicly at the Pentagon last year, was elated and thanked everyone, including President Barack Obama and first lady wife, Michelle for lending them their home.

Phelps told TODAY:

"I have served my country for almost 10 years without so much as a peep about my social life,'' he wrote. "Indeed, I haven’t had much of a social life because of this policy. It’s my turn to live my life as openly as I want. If people have a problem with it, that’s exactly what it is: their problem. I love being gay because I came to accept it through years of struggle and introspection and self-discovery. It is a big part of who I am because in accepting the fact that I was gay, I came to know myself better and become the man I am today."

 

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