U.S. Marine’s Proposal is First Ever Engagement of a Gay Couple at The White House

A U.S. Marine’s recent proposal to his boyfriend made history as the first ever engagement of a gay couple at the White House. U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps proposed to his boyfriend Ben Schock when they were visiting the monument. The event was not only historical but also heartfelt when Ben said “Yes!”

Historical White House Engagement

Afterward, Phelps posted on his Facebook:

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! 

This wonderful engagement illustrates the progress we are making.  The repeal of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell, same-sex marriage is legal in a few states, and the President has voiced his approval of marriage equality.

There is still a ways to go but we are headed in the right direction. Read more about this great story in an article by Madeline Davies, here.

Watch: Cheyenne Jackson’s video “Don’t Wanna Know”

A new video from Cheyenne Jackson.  He has a whole lot of talent….and a whole lot of pretty!  Slick dance sequences with other pretty people.

Last Minute Marriage Equality Legislation

Lawmakers in Oregon and Indiana are separately working on last minute marriage equality legislation. See more from Mariage News Watch’s video here:

 

The 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012

Andy Towle’s blog Towle Road is an amazing resource.  If you don’t subscribe to it, you should.  This morning, Andy featured 50 significant coming out stories of 2012.  Take a minute and read through each one.  Every person that comes out is important, but public figures help educate people that the stereotypes and lies spread by the religious right and other bigots are wrong.  We are people.  We live among you.  We deserve equality and ask for nothing more.

As Andy said in his post, “All in all, though, 2012 shows that gay people who break down that closet can have it all.

Here is the list.

Study Shows Marriage Provides Mental Health Benefits to Gays

A recent study from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA Williams Institute suggests gay couples that are in a legal marriage show lower signs of psychological stress than unmarried LGBT couples.

“Same-sex or different-sex, there appear to be positive mental health benefits associated with legal recognition of one’s relationship,” said Wight. “Mental health benefits of extending marriage to same-sex couples might be derived from a heightened sense of social inclusion concomitant with the social institution of marriage.”

The researchers suggest further study on the health consequences of marriage equality should be conducted.

Read the full article here.

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