Adorable surprise flash-mob (gay) wedding proposal (video)

An American gay man proposes to his boyfriend, who lives and works in London, and is English. He uses a surprise flash-mob in the lunchroom of Google’s offices in London.  Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, their marriage in the states won’t matter for immigration purposes – the English fiancé is not permitted to immigrate.

There’s legislation to fix that, UAFA, but Senator Schumer, and Senate Democrats generally, caved to the demands of Republican bigots, and dropped gays from the immigration reform “compromise.”

It’s an adorable story – this just happened – and a sad one too. Here’s the description from the guy who proposed, Shaun Aukland, via the YouTube page:

Published on Apr 26, 2013
On April 22 2013, I invited Michael to lunch at the Google office. He had no idea I would be asking him to marry me. Or that hundreds of people were in on it.

We are a binational couple, separated for the last two years, on and off, without the ability to sponsor Michael for citizenship in the United States because of the Defense of Marriage Act. I flew to London for one of our regular trips and secretly to propose to Michael, in hopes that he’ll be able to finally join me permanently in the US after the Supreme Court decision.

Five minutes before the proposal, all of the TV screens in the cafe showed a timer countdown. At about 10 seconds, Michael remarked “its really busy in here. also, what is that timer”. Then the video starts.


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  • Abra

    This is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen. I got a bit weepy watching it, so beautiful. I hope they are happy together for the rest of their lives.

  • Jim Olson

    For goodness sake, stay in the UK! Immigration for the US partner is so much easier. Marriage is recognized at the national level. Nationalized health care. Better control of GM food. Much better old age care.

  • unreligious

    He asks him to come to San Francisco and marry him. So he must be assuming that Prop 8 will be overturned making gay marriage legal in Calif. If Section III of DOMA is overturned then the federal government will recognize gay people who are married and his husband could apply for legal residency.

  • Finn

    Aside from trying to join the Borg, what else is happening in Gay America? Oh, this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/27/bradley-manning-sf-gay-pride

    Pretty disgusting.

  • Guest

    That was wonderful, but we hate to throw cold water on the party but if these two get a UK civil partnership it still won’t help even if Edith Windsor wins her case. The Windsor case deals only with section 3 of DOMA the rest of this insane law stays in place and bars federal recognition of any kind of un not called a “Marriage”.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yes, America, which was once a great nation, is that backward and rushing toward the neo-Middle Ages waving a flag and blathering on about freedoms.

  • Guy & Chris (from Canada)

    This is on of the saddest and uglest side of the U.S. policy: having 2nd-class citizens for same-gender married couples. Sometimes we wonder if we live in 2013. We’re your neighbor up north where same-sex marriage is recognized provincially, “territorially” and federally since July 2005. Is that otherwise great nation called U.S.A. so backwards in terms of equal civil rights for its minorities? Slavery is abolished, inter-race matrimony ban is forbidden by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling since 1967, despite 16 southern states reluctance to comply, women are allowed to general suffrage but gay couples who want to marry are not even recognized by all states and not even by the federal government. The civil marriage celebrated in another country of a female atheist with a male agnostic is recognized across the U.S. but what is so-called “the land of the free” has several class levels for its minorities. A very shy embarrassment for socially emancipated democracies.
    — Guy & Chris (from Canada, where gay couples HAVE THE CHOICE to get married)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    And bigots are the angels of hate.

  • pappyvet

    “Prejudices are what fools use for reason.” Voltaire

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