January 11, 2016 at 7:43 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Partner of mass shooting victim to attend State of the Union

Ryan Reyes, Daniel Kaufman, mass shooting, California

The partner of a gay man who was among the 14 people killed in a mass shooting at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015, will sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address. (Photo by Prima Saahia; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The partner of a gay man who was killed in last month’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., will sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address.

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.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • I don’t follow Gay Journalism or Community per se. So, I am very interested to know what Opinions are about Ryan Reyes’s approach to his Loss and the various Community ideas about how to deal with Islam. I mean, I just recently read some articles at The Daily Beast about LGBT Activists explaining EXACTLY how it is for LGBT people in Muslim Cultures. For example The Horror people live under in ISIS areas. People are So Terrified that they are Turning Each Other In For Execution. I mean, does Reyes think he’s gonna do GAY CONVERSION THERAPY IN REVERSE?! WHO is gonna Brain Wash WHO? I mean, do you think Muslims who make it here are More Progressive, or what?! Seriously, Intellectually, Rationally, Objectively.

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