The Atlantic Wire reached out to Phelps, who said that he came out publicly as soon as the president repealed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Phelps also said that while response to the photos has been "overwhelmingly positive," some people don't like his swirly purple tie.
"I think the only negative comments have been critiques of our wardrobe selection. If the worst thing anyone has to say is that they don't like my tie, I think we have come quite a long way," Phelps said.
Phelps thanked the first family after the proposal, tweeting:
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