Thursday, Jun 22, 2017
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, December 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 51
The perfect setting - A Gay Marine proposes to his boyfriend at the White House
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
The perfect setting - A Gay Marine proposes to his boyfriend at the White House

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Matthew Phelps, a 35-year-old active duty captain in the U.S. Marine Corps., made history December 15 at the White House.

Capt. Phelps proposed marriage to his boyfriend, Ben Schock, 26, in the Grand Foyer of the executive mansion at the end of a holiday tour, in what is believed to be the first time two Gay men have gotten engaged in the building.

It is also a first for an active-duty member of the U.S. military, regardless of sexual orientation. A Transgender man proposed to his partner in the East Room earlier this year.

A HAPPY COINCIDENCE
'Our first date was to the White House, so I wanted to propose to him there,' Phelps told ABC News. 'When I got invited to the holiday tour, six months to the day that we had been there on our first date, it was way too much of a coincidence to pass up.' According to Phelps, the moment came as a surprise to Schock.

Images captured on camera by fellow tour-goers have since gone viral.

Phelps said his public proposal was well-received among his Marine Corps peers. But he noted that there could be a rocky road ahead for their relationship after the nuptials, planned for next spring.

'The one thing that is overshadowing things,' he said, 'is the fact that the Defense of Marriage Act is still in effect and the DoD [Defense Department] isn't going to recognize our marriage.

'I'm expecting to get orders to Japan next summer, but as of right now, because they're not going to recognize Ben as my spouse, they're not going to pay for him to accompany me; he's not going to have any health care coverage; and he's not going to have access to the base while I'm gone,' Phelps added.

'I'd have to get permission to live out in town as a 'single officer,' so we'll have to figure that out.'

The Supreme Court in 2013 will review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for federal purposes as between one man and one woman.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Forever Babs - The Gay icon talks about her big-screen comeback and her own 'guilt trip'
------------------------------
The year of Macklemore
------------------------------
2012 in review: SGN picks the hottest artists of the year
------------------------------
Best of music 2012: Albums and singles
------------------------------
Best live performances of 2012
------------------------------
The worst of 2012
------------------------------
'Wassail, Wassail!' - Early Music Guild presents a holiday concert to savor
------------------------------
Not kosher, but tasty
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Let's misbehave! - Classic Fats Waller tribute show returns to Jazz Alley
------------------------------
A non-guilty pleasure - Barbra Streisand returns to the big screen in The Guilt Trip
------------------------------
Old-school Jack Reacher a tough, intelligent thriller
------------------------------
Easygoing Hyde Park doesn't live up to its potential
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Editors note
------------------------------
Out Gay rapper reveals his 'Meat'
------------------------------
The perfect setting - A Gay Marine proposes to his boyfriend at the White House
------------------------------
Marrying the Harts
------------------------------
Confessions of a marriage doubter
------------------------------
East meets West - Support for same-sex marriage strongest on the coasts
------------------------------
No going back - Pollsters find public attitudes toward Gays are changing quickly
------------------------------
'Love & Marriage' - New video chronicles Dec. 9 mass weddings
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News