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Vice President Joe Biden officiates same-sex wedding of White House staffers

By Shawn Price
Vice President Joe Biden officiates same-sex wedding of White House staffers
Vice President Joe Biden officiated the same-sex wedding of two longtime White House staffers on Monday. The private ceremony was held at Biden's residence in Washington. It was the first time Biden has officiated a wedding. The grooms were Brian Mosteller, an aide to President Obama and Joe Mahshie, an aide to Michelle Obama. Photo courtesy Vice President Biden/Twitter

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Vice President Biden officiated a same-sex wedding at his residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory on Tuesday.

Biden, after receiving his temporary certificate to officiate a wedding, oversaw the wedding of White House staffers Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie.

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Mosteller is an aide to President Barack Obama and Mahshie is a trip coordinator for first lady Michelle Obama. Only a small group of family and friends were present at the ceremony.

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"Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house," Biden tweeted later. "Couldn't be happier, two longtime White House staffers, two great guys."

Biden made his support for same-sex marriage clear in 2012, before either Obama or current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights," he said on Meet the Press at the time. "All the civil rights, all the civil liberties."

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