Photos courtesy of Jennifer Cintron.
Over the weekend, a serving U.S. Marine Corps Captain made history by becoming the first gay man to propose to his partner in the White House. The photos, shared on Facebook by the American Military Partner Association, rated over 2,000 likes on the social networking site, as well as over 250 shares.
Captain Matthew Phelps proposed to his boyfriend Ben Schock on a bended knee at the White House a year after the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell legislation that banned gay people from being open about their sexuality in the US armed services. Phelps shared the photo on Facebook saying: “Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!”
Update and good news. 25.05.2013.
It was the ultimate happy ending for Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock, who made waves in December as the first same-sex couple to get engaged at the White House.
Less happy news.
Meanwhile,an anti-gay US evangelist has pointed the finger of blame for the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, on America’s growing acceptance of gay equality. Focus on the Family founder, James Dobson, said on radio: God “has allowed judgment to fall upon us,” and claimed America had turned its back on God by accepting things like abortion and equal marriage.
Dobson follows in the footsteps of former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the ex-governor of Arkansas, who implied that the blame for last week’s shootings rested with gay people when he talked about a rejection of “natural law”, and “natural family of a father and mother”, as the reasons for the killings.
The prize for the most blatant rant goes to the Rev. Sam Morris who shared a critique of public schoolswith his Tennessee flock at Old Paths Baptist Church. He's worried that they teach children about evolution, sex and "how to be a homo."
Lustralboy says: It's evidence of an alarming contrast in America between the tolerance of diversity coming from the White House and the extremist hysteria emanating from the reactionary religious right. Good luck to Barak Obama in 2013 in managing this riven nation.
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