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Monday
Dec172012

Gay Marine Proposes to Boyfriend at White House

Mike Tapscott / American Military Partner Association(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps made history Saturday at the home of his commander in chief.

The 35-year-old active-duty officer proposed to his boyfriend, Ben Schock, 26, in the Grand Foyer of the White House at the end of a holiday tour.

It’s believed to be the first time two gay men have gotten engaged inside the White House, and a first for an active-duty member of the U.S. military.  A transgender man proposed to his partner in the East Room earlier this year.

“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.”

The moment, which Phelps described as a complete surprise to Schock, was captured on camera by fellow tour-goers. Some of the images have since gone viral online.

The White House declined to comment on the engagement. No word on whether the Obamas knew what happened in their halls.

Phelps said his public engagement — made possible in part because of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — has been 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,” he said.

“I’d have to get permission to live out in town as a ‘single officer,’ so we’ll have to figure that out,” he said.

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

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep262012

Utah Couple Gets Engaged on Popular Amusement Ride

Courtesy Kurt Adams(ROY, Utah) -- This happy couple was certainly high on love this past Saturday.

Kurt Adams, 25, of Roy, Utah, had been planning his unique wedding proposal for two weeks prior to actually popping the question Saturday.

Adams proposed to his girlfriend of nine months, Susan Hamilton, 21, of Loa, Utah, by strategically placing his sister and a few friends from work on the “Sky Ride” at Lagoon Amusement Park so they could pass by in the opposite direction, each holding signs spelling out the most important question of his life, “Susan, Will You Marry Me?”

“I just wanted to do something I didn’t think was done by someone else,” Adams told ABC News. “My original plan was to be up on the ride with the sign holders on the ground. But a lady at work suggested having the riders come the opposite direction on the ride with the signs, and that was 100 times better than the original idea.

“As the sign with her name passed, she turned and said, ‘Hey, my name’s Susan,’” Adams added. “She had no idea it was relevant to her. She almost missed the second sign.”

Hamilton was too busy chatting with the people holding the “Susan” sign, trying to find out it’s relevance, to notice the other corresponding signs coming in her direction. But Adams focused her attention just in time.

“When she saw the rest of them, I had the ring folded up in a piece of paper with a question mark in a little bag. My hands were shaking and I thought I was going to drop the ring,” said Adams. “She pulled the ring out and looked at the question mark, and I said, ‘Should we make this official?’ And she said, ‘You gotta put it on my hand first.’”

Once Adams slipped the ring on her finger to make the engagement official, she was overcome with emotion.

“She was just like, ‘Oh my heck, I had no idea this was even happening. I’m about to cry,’” Adams said.

However, despite the happy ending, the engagement didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. There were a few technical difficulties leading up to the magical moment.

“I didn’t have a plan B in case the ride was closed,” Adams said. “I didn’t know what I would do if that was the case. And the people who had the signs ended up being late because their son was hurt in a Little League football game, so I was just wandering around the park. … Oh, and a kid got his finger pinched in the guardrail so they had to stop the ride to do an accident report.”

Adams joked, “The ring was burning a hole in my pocket. They stopped the ride about four or five times. It was like 20 minutes before the people with the signs passed.”

All’s well that ends well, and the happy couple has a wedding date set for Dec. 14.

 

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Thursday
Aug302012

Love at the RNC: Wedding Proposal Happens on Stage

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- It looks as if Ann Romney’s message from Tuesday night -- that this is about love -- struck a chord.  Bradley Thompson, 32, proposed to his girlfriend of three years, Laura Bowman, on the stage of the Tampa Bay Times forum on Wednesday.

Neither Thompson nor Bowman are here as delegates -- in fact, it’s not even clear if they’re Republicans; the couple declined to tell reporters when asked which party they support.  Bowman is a production coordinator and Thompson is a production manager for the convention.  The couple met three years ago on a production job and they live in New York City.

Bowman said she thought something fishy was going on when she was called for a sound check.  Although they knew they would be engaged eventually -- the couple told reporters that they had actually picked the ring together -- Bowman said she didn’t think it would happen on Wednesday.

There’s no word yet on the wedding plans for the couple.

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Tuesday
May312011

Passengers Help Soldier Propose in Houston Airport

KTRK/ABC News(HOUSTON) -- A soldier returning from Iraq proposed to his girlfriend in Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, with a little help from his fellow airline passengers.

Each passenger brought a single rose to Army Lt. George Dalton's girlfriend, Lauren Raabe, while she was waiting in the baggage claim area for him. Finally, as Raabe struggled to hold the growing bouquet, Dalton came from behind a small group of revelers accompanying the group and greeted his girlfriend with a kiss.

After giving her the remainder of the huge bouquet of red roses, Dalton told her he had something else for her -- and got down on one knee.

"I don't really know what to say," said Dalton. "Will you marry me?"

Raabe smiled and immediately said yes.

Dalton coordinated the plan with his parents in Houston over Skype while he was in Iraq. When he got on the plane, he asked the flight attendants to help him carry it out.

"They were really helpful," said Dalton to ABC News affiliate KTRK. "They made an announcement and asked for everybody to take a rose and bring it down here to the baggage carousel and she'd be here."

He said the planning kept him on edge.

"I've been nervous for the past couple of hours," said Dalton. "I haven't been able to eat or think about anything else."

Dalton is home for two weeks from a tour in Iraq. The couple said they would marry when he completes his tour, which should be in a few months.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Nov132010

Proposal Rejected, Man Attempts to Run Down Girlfriend

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PICO RIVERA, Calif.) -- A California man's rage at having his marriage proposal rejected by his girlfriend almost turned deadly this week when he tried to mow her down with his car.

Mario Francisco Hernandez, 22, showed up at a Burger Stop restaurant in Pico Rivera, Calif., this week with flowers and "Will you marry me?" written on his car. His girlfriend apparently said no.

After approaching the 21-year-old mother of his two children, Hernandez then returned with his 1987 Toyota Supra and, according to Det. Gabriel Ramirez of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, "tried to run over the female with the vehicle."

Witnesses reported that the car blew out two tires after jumping the curb and barely missed a pedestrian.

Det. Ramirez, who knows the couple, said that they have been through hard times. The couple has two children, a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, and with low income, the family has been living with Hernandez's parents.

Hernandez will be arraigned Monday. He faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

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