Greg Goodwin was surprised at how quickly he fell in love with Kyle Rush. The two men met after Rush, who worked on Obama's reelection campaign, moved to New York City following the 2012 race. After chatting online, the two men discovered they had a great deal in common--including an address. They lived in the same neighborhood.
Their three-year love story was captured in a new video from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that shows Goodwin proposing to Rush at a Clinton rally on Saturday night.
In the three-minute segment, Rush, who currently serves as the deputy chief technology officer for the Clinton campaign, is surprised by Goodwin backstage at a campaign stop in Philadelphia. Rush, confused by his partner's presence at the event, asks, "How did you get here?"
"You know how proud I am of you, right?" Goodwin responds.
"Yeah," Rush says, quizzically.
"I was hoping..." Goodwin begins.
"Oh my god," Rush interjects, stunned. "What is happening right now?"
Goodwin finally gets down on one knee. "Will you marry me?"
"Yes, of course!" Rush exclaims.
After the proposal, which Goodwin claims that he planned for three months, the couple received a huge congratulations from the candidate herself. Upon meeting the Secretary of State, Rush explains that he campaigned for Clinton all day before coming to the rally to meet her.
"Congratulations, you guys!" she says. "This is super. Sounds like an all-around good day."
The video also illustrates how far the country has come on same-sex marriage. Prior to the Supreme Court's 2015 decision legalizing marriage equality, Goodwin says that he didn't think this day would ever happen.
"I love my nephews and I love my family, and I always wanted to have kids and be married," Goodwin explains via narration. "I just never really thought it was going to be possible, and super excited to know that after so many years of not thinking I would have that, I actually have someone to spend my life with."
Clinton has experienced her own evolution on equality.
Although she opposed same-sex marriage while running in 2008, Clinton came out for the right to marry in 2013. She has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights in the 2016 race. If elected, the former First Lady has pledged to ban conversion therapy, support non-discrimination laws for LGBT workers, and appoint Supreme Court justices who would uphold marriage equality.
Clinton's campaign video, released on the eve of Election Day, urges LGBT voters to get out to the ballot box on Tuesday and uphold those rights in the face of Republican opposition. If elected president, Donald Trump has vowed to appoint justices to overturn same-sex marriage.
"Let's prove that love Trumps hate," Clinton says.