Back in June, Scout proposed to Liz Margolies, his partner of over three years, at the White House Pride Reception. She accepted, and the video of the impromptu moment went viral. Because Scout is trans and Margolies is lesbian, many conservatives reacted to the public display of their commitment with very negative views, which the two LGBT activists diffused with humor and their love for each other.
Last Thursday, the two of them tied the knot in a very private ceremony, inviting just a few witnesses, including MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and James Clementi, the older brother of Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutgers student who committed suicide after his roommate violated his privacy. Rather than ask for gifts, the couple requested donations to support the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Transgender People of Color Coalition.
When they exchanged vows, Margolies shared this sweet anecdote about her love for Scout:
MARGOLIES: And when I look out over a pond, all the ducks are indistinguishable to me, but I notice that they swim in pairs. In a sea of identical ducks, each one recognizes their particular mate. Be my duck, and in exchange I will be your compatriot and your lover, and I will nearly always say yes.
Watch a clip of thee ceremony:
Their marriage was performed under a rainbow chuppah by a lesbian rabbi. Afterward, they planned to celebrate with their favorite ritual: hot buttered popcorn.