Dr. Scout — yes, that’s his full name — was last invited to the White House by the Obamas in 1993 as a queer/trans-identified honoree of the group Public Allies, on which both Barack and Michelle served in leadership capacities. Now the leader of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at The Fenway Institute, Scout accepted the President’s invitation to the White House Pride reception in a very different capacity, but did not squander the opportunity. Shortly after the President’s remarks, Scout took to one knee to propose to his partner Liz Margolies.
Margolies was hesitant at first because of her distrust for the institution of marriage, but soon relented and accepted, boasting a bit later, “I’m engaged!” Scout shared some of his thoughts about why he thought Margolies should marry him:
SCOUT: 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.
Because Scout is legally male, their marriage will be treated legally as any typical heterosexual marriage. With a momentous proposal like this, however, their marriage is guaranteed to be anything but typical.