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Congratulations to USMC Captain Ben Phelps and Ben Shock
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/19/12
Last updated on: 12/19/12
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Congratulations to U.S. Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock. Captain Phelps proposed to Schock in the White House on December 15, 2012. The couple was on a White House holiday tour when Phelps dropped to his knees and asked Schock to marry him. Although he was surprised by the gesture, Schock happily said yes.

Pictures of the couple in the White House soon went viral in the gay blogosphere and they began receiving greetings and messages.

Later, Phelps wrote in his blog, "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!"

The White House proposal was especially appropriate because the couple's first date was to a White House pride reception in June.

As Andy Towle at Towleroad reminds us, last December Captain Phelps blogged about his experience living under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and then, after the policy was repealed, took a date to the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Phelps's blog may be found here.

Phelps and Schock speaks with NowThisNews about the White House proposal in the video below.

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