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Active duty Marine officer proposes to partner at White House reception

Monday, December 17, 2012

WASHINGTON — An active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer proposed to his same-sex partner during the annual Holidays Open House at the White House this weekend.

Capt. Matthew Phelps, on bended knee, proposed to his partner Ben Schock just outside the entrance to the blue Room Saturday evening. The historic proposal is believed to be the first ever by a same-sex couple at the White House.

Capt. Matthew Phelps (left) and Ben Schock. (via Facebook)

“Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come,” Phelps wrote on his Facebook page. “Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!”

“Ben and I are blown away by the amazing love and support we have received,” Phelps wrote in a follow-up post. “Thank you all so much for sharing in our joy and our lives.”

Phelps also serves on the Military Advisory Council for OutServe-SLDN, an advocacy group for LGBT service members and veterans.

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34 more reader comments:

  1. aw!!!! this is precious!!! congratulations and good luck to both of them! <3

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:48pm
  2. Congradulations :)

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:49pm
  3. Congratulations

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:50pm
  4. Congrats!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:53pm
  5. Some good news for a change :)

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:54pm
  6. Very nice, congratulations to them both :)

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 2:55pm
  7. <3

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:00pm
  8. Awwww

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:18pm
  9. Awwww, how sweet

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:21pm
  10. I wish them many many sweet, happy, content and fulfilling years together as they grow old together. I am doing the same.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:28pm
  11. Oorah!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:33pm
  12. after the horrific news from CT, this is heartwarming! the best to u both

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:48pm
  13. Woohoo. Amen. All the best!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:05pm
  14. Heartwarming.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:55pm
  15. Does anyone know if there is a video of the proposal somewhere out there? Id love to see it! :)

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:13pm
  16. Finally.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:22pm
  17. I’m pretty much glad to know about that. Congratulations in advance to the both of them.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:55pm
  18. Aww congrads guys!!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:04pm
  19. What a great place to propose. Will and I were married at the Old North Church by my best friend. So at least we had a cool, historic place for our wedding!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:19pm
  20. Awh how cute, anyway congrats to them and I hope they have a wonderful life together! :)

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:53pm
  21. Nice!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:56pm
  22. Freakin amazing!!! Congratulations to them :D the smile on his face is pure joy and happiness, and something that no one should be denied!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:59pm
  23. YES! Suck on that, world!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:00pm
  24. wish someone do that with me also…i am so on my own for 24 years….huhuhu

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:03pm
  25. great photo

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:19pm
  26. Awwwh <3

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:32pm
  27. LETS let R VOICES B HEARD !
    this is for the ppl that r n love and got force to brake up and not b together this for all the hatters that dont understand that r ppl to and we have feeling this is for relationship the did not want to end this for freedom this is for us we loves who we love everyone deserve to love who they want to love to b with who they want to b with to do what we want to do and not haft to hind we all need to take more then a stand i rep me b me stay me idc what ppl think about me im doing me so we can do this fight for your rights and your love and your life

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:28pm
  28. Awesome! Congratulations!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:31pm
  29. Congret from Asia ~~~hoping one day asia can have the samething you have earned so hard for.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:33pm
  30. <<< Join us ! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:23am
  31. Again…congratulations to both! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:43am
  32. How sweet !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:38am
  33. Congratulations guys!!! I wish you all the happiness, joy, peace and love in the world. May your love continue to bloom and blossom for years to come

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:03am
  34. Congrats!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:05am