Obama's 'Internet Man' Chris Hughes, Gay Marriage Advocate Sean Eldridge Engaged

18 Jan 2011

January 15, 2011

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes - the man credited with making Obama president - is engaged to his long-term boyfriend, gay marriage advocate Sean Eldridge, leaving the president with another gay couple's marriage to "wrestle" with, the New York Post's Page Six reported.

Hughes proposed to Eldridge, the political director of Freedom to Marry, on New Year's Eve.

"We were in Thailand in a hotel room in the north. We were delayed after two days in the snowstorm and Chris got down on one knee and proposed. It was very traditional and very sweet," Eldridge told the paper.

"We've been together for five years now," he added.

Hughes was an early Obama supporter and has been dubbed "the kid who made Obama president" for organizing his social networking site, My.BarackObama.com, during the 2008 campaign.

The pair have yet to set a date for their wedding and say they would like to marry in New York. But while Governor Andrew Cuomo supports gay marriage, the odds that the Republican-controlled Senate will act in the near term are dim.

In recently saying that he is still "wrestling" with whether gay and lesbian couples should have the right to marry, Obama noted that he has many close gay friends in long-term relationships.

Via On Top Magazine