At the White House reception for LGBT advocates on Friday, one attendee decided to make the event just a little bit more special: he proposed to his girlfriend. (See proposal at the 1:55 mark)
Scout, a trans man who goes by one name, waited a few minutes after President Obama spoke to guests to drop to one knee and asked partner Liz Margolies to marry him.
“I memorized some things but I kind of forgot half of them,” Scout told The Huffington Post right after. He listed some of them: “Because the last three and a half years, you have been an amazing adventure. Because you try harder than anyone in the world. Because while I’m a little scared to spend the rest of my life with you, because you’re so damn fierce, I’m also amazingly excited about the possibility.”
“All I remember hearing is, ‘You’ll be a better person,'” Margolies said.
After Scout, who works for the Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity, proposed, Margolies, executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, hesitated—she’s long been leery of the institution. But eventually she got her head together and said yes. By the time guests started taking pictures and congratulating the couple, she was proudly flashing her pink gold ring.
So much for cold feet.