Scout, a transgender man who was attending a White House event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, decided to show how much he supported President Obama’s recent support for gay marriage. He dropped to one knee and proposed to his long time sweetheart Liz Margolies.
Scout (whose name is legally just the one word), had been planning to propose at this event at the White House for more than a year. He only had to figure out where to do it when he got there. So right after President Obama addressed the crowd and everyone was standing around having some champagne he dropped to one knee and proposed.
Scout said he memorized some of the things he wanted to say but forgot others.
Scout told the Huffington Post minutes after his proposal,
“I memorized some things but I kind of forgot half of them. Because the last three and a half years, you have been an amazing adventure. Because you try harder than anyone in the world. Because while I’m a little scared to spend the rest of my life with you, because you’re so damn fierce, I’m also amazingly excited about the possibility.”
Margolies said in the interview,
“All I remember hearing is, ‘You’ll be a better person,'”
Margolies, who is executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, has long told people of her opposition to the institution of marriage in the first place. She recently told scout about the pair of turtles who divorced each other after 115 years together.
Margolies asked Scout,
“Did you hear about the turtles that divorced after 115 years?”
Scout interrupted her and said,
Right after Scout proposed and Margolies had accepted she was standing there showing off her brand new gold engagement ring and reporter s who knew of her opposition to marriage asked her if she would actually go through with it and she seemed to already have melted to the idea.
Watch the video of Scout’s proposal (it is around the 1:55 mark)