Vice President Joe Biden has officiated a gay wedding, a first for the 2nd highest ranking political official in the United States and longtime supporter of same-sex marruage.
Biden presided over the union of Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller, both longtime White House aides. The White House says the couple asked Biden to officiate.
Biden has never officiated a wedding before, so he got a special temporary certification from the District of Columbia to make it legal.
The afternoon ceremony took place Monday at the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence, with immediate family attending.
“Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house,” Biden tweeted. “Couldn’t be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys.”
Biden publicly backed gay marriage in 2012 in the run-up to President Barack Obama’s re-election. The announcement put pressure on Obama to declare his own support shortly after.