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.
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.
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.
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