Ryan Reyes on Tuesday will sit with the first lady alongside Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case that prompted the U.S. Supreme Court last June to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country, and others. The White House said one seat in the box will remain empty in honor of victims of gun violence.
Reyes’ partner, Daniel Kaufman, trained adults with developmental disabilities at the coffee shop at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., that he managed.
Authorities say Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, on Dec. 2, 2015, killed Kaufman and 13 others at the Inland Regional Center. The shooting occurred during a holiday party at the social service center that is located roughly 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
Reports indicate that Kaufman saved the lives of four people before he was shot to death. The White House in its announcement praised Reyes for speaking “about the need for tolerance of all and rejection of the radicalized” in the wake of the mass shooting.
The Washington Blade has reached out to Reyes for comment.