US vice-president Joe Biden officiates at same-sex wedding
Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller are longtime White House aides
US vice-president Joe Biden – pictured here at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week – officiated a same-sex wedding at the weekend. Photograph: Robyn BECK/AFP/Getty Images
US vice-president Joe Biden has officiated a same-sex wedding, a first for the early proponent of gay marriage.
The couple asked Mr Biden to officiate, the White House said.
Mr Biden has never officiated a wedding before, so he got a special temporary certification from the District of Columbia to make it legal.
The afternoon ceremony took place on Monday at the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence, with immediate family attending.
Mr Biden publicly backed gay marriage in 2012 in the run-up to President Barack Obama’s re-election.
The announcement put pressure on Mr Obama to declare his own support shortly after.