Lesbian couple gets engaged at Obama's victory party
A lesbian couple got engaged at President Obama's victory party, after news arrived that Maryland approved for same-sex marriage.
Keesha Patterson immediately got down on one knee and reached into her bag for the ring on Tuesday to propose longtime girlfriend Rowan Ha.
The couple, were at the center of the universe Tuesday night at the president's victory party in Chicago, surrounded by thousands of people when the results came in that Maryland voters had passed same-sex marriage legislation.
"I took a huge breath, went down on one knee and reached into my bag," Patterson told the New York Daily News.
"She just said, 'No you're not. No you're not'," she said
But she did, and Ha said yes, a very personal moment that was caught by the cameras and has since been making the rounds in cyberspace.
"It was quite the surprise for a lot of people," Patterson, 49, a communications professor at Gloucester County College in Sewell, New Jersey, who proposed with a white gold solitaire ring, said.
"It's not gay marriage; it's marriage," Patterson said of her forthcoming union with Ha.
"Hopefully, one day it's just marriage."
"The attention (the proposal received) was a little more than the few thousand in the room," she said Wednesday as the newly engaged couple were on the way back to their Fort Washington home.
She said that it was more significant that they could do it where Obama was being re-elected.
"It was all the more perfect," she added.
Patterson admitted that she and Ha, 37, a network engineer for a security contracting firm in Washington, DC, were a bit nervous about whether Maryland voters would pass the same-sex marriage legislation.
The legislation goes into effect from January 1.