VP Joe Biden marries gay couple

VP Joe Biden marrying White House staff Brian Mosteller and Joe Mashie. Twitter photo via Joe Biden.

by Sarah Boone
Journalism Intern

For the first time in American history, a vice president has officiated a gay wedding.

Joe Biden has never married a couple, but the two White House staff members requested Biden to bring them together in holy matrimony. Biden received a special temporary certification to marry the newly-weds from the District of Columbia to make their marriage legal.

The ceremony took place Monday afternoon in the Naval Observatory - the vice president's residence - with immediate family members as the attendees.

Biden tweeted a photo of the ceremony, writing: “Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn't be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.”

 
VP Joe Biden's Tweet about marrying gay couple
VP Joe Biden's Tweet about marrying gay couple

 

The couple, Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller have reportedly worked for the White House for an extensive amount of time.

Biden officially defended gay marriage in 2012 for President Barack Obama's re-election. Many believe this pressured Obama to be more forward with his support on the matter.

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The Gayly - 8/2/2016 @ 12:40 p.m. CDT