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Obama’s letter congrats NY gay couple on nups

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A newly-married New York City gay couple were surprised when they opened the mail over the weekend to discover a card from the president, congratulating them on their recent nuptuals. OutQ’s Tim Curran reports.

Matt Katz posted the card to him and his husband Aaron Lafrenz on his Facebook page on Sunday. Dated December 8th, it’s on White House paperstock embossed with the presidential seal, and signed–apparently by the President’s automated pen.

It says, in part, “Congratulations on this special occasion. Michelle and I hope it is blessed with love, laughter and happiness.” President Obama adds, “Your union marks the beginning of a lifelong partnership as you share in the joys of your life together.” The word “marriage” does not appear anywhere on the card. The President has said that he supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but that his views on gay marriage are “evolving.”

Katz tells the blog BuzzFeed, “I’m not sure why the letter got sent to us.” But he wonders whether any other couples have received one. On his Facebook page, Katz writes, “We can’t be the only ones, we are not cool at all.”

The White House, for its part, is being somewhat tight-lipped. Asked by OutQ News how Katz and Lafrenz came to be chosen for the honor, a spokesman emailed only, “The White House regularly sends congratulatory messages from the President to members of the public.”

But so far, no other gay couple has stepped forward to indicate a trend is emerging.

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Written by Tim Curran

December 21, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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