Watch: Gay navy vet shares proposal story
New video that is part of the Washington United for Marriage campaign shows why marriage matters
Sometimes we all need reminding why marriage equality matters to so many people.
This new video, part of the Washington United for Marriage campaign, shows a gay navy veteran sharing his story of when he proposed to his partner.
Pablo Monroy, 24, of Tacoma says: ‘Growing up I always wanted to have a family and get married and settle down, have the whole nine yards with the white picket fence.
‘After I realized I was gay I still wanted that, with whoever I love.’
Monroy served four years in the US Navy, advancing to the rank of Petty Officer, Second Class. He continues to serve as a member of the Washington State Army National Guard while attending the University of Washington.
He said: ‘During my time in the military I couldn’t be out during Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. However, with working as close as you can get with people you work with, people find out very quickly.
‘You can’t bring the person you love with to a Navy ball or barbeques or even seeing the ship leave for deployment.’
Monroy asked his boyfriend’s parents for permission, and proposed to him while on a family vacation to the Caribbean.
Zach Silk, WUM campaign manager said: ‘Here’s a young man, dedicated to service and family who simply wants to marry the person he loves.’
Washington passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in February, but opponents succeeded in forcing a referendum. The law will be voted on in November.
Watch the amazing video here: