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Vice President Joe Biden Officiates His First Wedding Ever for Same-Sex Couple

Vice President Joe BidenVice President Joe Biden appears on stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.”

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.”

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.

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Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin is an online news writer at The Knot covering viral wedding news. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Plymouth State University. Kaitlin has a passion for news writing and all things Disney.