Photos of a gay US marine making history by proposing to his partner in the White House have gone viral.
On the weekend, US Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps (35) got down on his knee, gave his boyfriend Ben Schlock (26) a ring and asked him to marry him in the American president’s residence.
“Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock,” wrote Phelps on Monday on Facebook.
He added: “Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!”
The remarkable moment comes just 13 months since the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ban on gays in the US military was repealed.
Photos of the special occasion were posted online by the American Military Partner Association and became an internet sensation, receiving thousands of likes and shares.
It is unclear if the Obamas were aware that Phelps was planning the proposal. It’s believed to be the first time that two gay men have gotten engaged in the White House.
Phelps later wrote: “Ben and I are blown away by the amazing love and support we have received. Thank you all so much for sharing in our joy and our lives.”