July 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Gay Facebook co-founder weds
Chris Hughes, Sean Eldridge, gay news, Washington Blade

Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge wed last week. (Photo by USV via Wikimedia and Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

NEW YORK — Chris Hughes — one of the co-founders of Facebook, now the publisher and editor of magazine The New Republic — married his partner, Sean Eldridge at their home near Peekskill, according to the New York Times.

Coincidentally, this weekend Facebook also expanded the “life events” icon for marriage to incorporate two grooms and two brides along with the traditional bride and groom to be more inclusive of same-sex nuptials, according to GLAAD.

Eldridge had previously been the political director of Freedom to Marry and played a visible role in the effort to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the state where he and Hughes reside. According to the Times, the couple met in 2005 when Hughes was still a senior at Harvard.

“He was very intelligent and charismatic,” Hughes said of Eldridge. “He was very kind and politically engaged, and he cared about the world around us. All of that was very attractive to me.”


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