Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, the gay couple featured in Hillary Clinton's campaign video, have become the epitome of #LoveWins. In an apparently private Chicago ceremony, they married alongside Lake Michigan in a beautiful ceremony on July 19. Milrad and Johnson had been chosen for the Clinton video that portrayed them as everyday Americans, thanks to a friend who was involved in Democratic politics. The couple had no idea that the video would be used in Clinton's announcement video, though they were aware it would play a part in her campaign, and didn't find out about their appearances until friends told them, Milrad told ABC News. He said:
I think we were both very excited and pleased and a little surprised because we didn’t know when our appearance was and we didn’t know we would be in the announcement video. I think there’s a feeling of a responsibility we both have … that we are the face of the gay community in the video. … We just want to do that justice and be a voice as much as possible for the LGBT community.
The couple even invited the presidential candidate to their wedding. Milrad tweeted, "Thanks for inviting us to your big day @HillaryClinton. We're returning the favor & inviting you to ours. #wedding" and later added, "BTW @HillaryClinton, feel free to bring a +1. #wedding #LGBT." Unfortunately, Clinton wasn't able to make it, likely due to her rigorous campaign schedule. She sent the two a letter expressing her congratulations, which said:
Your lives will be richer and happier because you have chosen each other. May the coming years bring you laughter in the good times, courage in the touch times, growing wisdom, and an enduring love.
Milrad proposed to Johnson at New York City's Stonewall Inn, which is considered the birthplace of the LGBT civil rights movement. He replied to the question, "You know the answer," and those words became the inscription on his ring. Milrad's said, "eternal sunshine," a reference to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which is one of Johnson's favorite movies, according to their interview with The New York Times.
They married near Montrose Harbor, facing the Chicago skyline. Their wedding program contained a quote from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion on the decision that legalized gay marriage everywhere in the United states:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.
Johnson said in his vows, "I will be there for you during your best week ever and your worst week ever, which knowing our lives, could very well be within the same week.”
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