Vice President Joe Biden officiated his first-ever wedding ceremony on Monday, August 1, for a same-sex couple.
According to the White House, the couple — Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie — are both two longtime White House staff members who asked Vice President Biden to preside over their wedding. The intimate ceremony took place at Biden’s residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
Biden, sharing his pride in becoming couple’s officiant, took to Twitter on Monday to react to the marriage. “Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house,” he wrote, alongside a photo of Mosteller and Mahshie exchanging rings. “Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.”
Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys. pic.twitter.com/0om1PT7bKh
— Vice President Biden (@VP) August 1, 2016
The Vice President’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, later followed up on Twitter with a sentiment shared in the LGBT community and echoed in Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s touching poem at the 2016 Tony Awards. In reply to her husband she simply tweeted, “Love is Love! – Jill.”
Love is love! —Jill https://t.co/xDrz2m9qf2
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 2, 2016
In an appearance on Meet the Press in May 2012 Biden publicly endorsed same-sex marriage telling host David Gregory, “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”
On June 26, 2015 same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states in a historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.