Joe Biden just officiated a gay wedding. Yeah, that's a big deal.

Joe Biden, America's vice president (and occasionally embarrassing dad-figure) did something really cool this week.

He officiated his very first wedding, after obtaining a temporary certification to do so from a Washington, D.C., courthouse.


When you realize you're the illest. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

The happy couple? Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie, two White House staffers who wed in Biden's living room.


Mosteller is the director of Oval Office operations for the president, and Mahshie is a trip coordinator for first lady Michelle Obama.

Only the two men's families attended the ceremony.

Mosteller has been by President Obama's side since the early days of the administration and was in the room when the president first voiced his support for same-sex marriage.

Mosteller with the president in 2015. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Mosteller recalls being moved to tears by that moment:

“When I was young, I couldn’t fathom that I could ever have a partner, and now I was with the president of the United States and, together, we were talking this kind of partnership, and it was not only public but so very normal. How often does a boss talk about love? Now, how often does a boss contribute to our country’s blessing of your love?”

As you can see, the blessings didn't stop there.

It's hard to believe how far America has come in such a short time.

It was only four years ago that Joe Biden first voiced his support for same-sex marriage, and it's been just over a year since marriage equality became the law of the land.

We still have work to do, but we can always look back at these moments and be proud. We, as a nation, are growing and progressing. We're recognizing that what brings us together is stronger than what tears us apart.

In other words...




This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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