Jan 11, 2016 4:45 AM GMT
They will be sitting in the box with the first lady
Jim Obergefell and Boyfriend of Shooting Victim Among Obama's State of Union Guests
Ryan Reyes, whose boyfriend Daniel Kaufman (pictured above, right) was killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack last month, is among the two dozen guests invited by the White House to sit in the balcony at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
He’ll be joined in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box by Jim Obergefell, the Cincinnati, Ohio man at the center of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on marriage equality.
For the first time in Obama's presidency, one seat in the balcony will be unoccupied. The Times reported the seat will be left open in honor of Kaufman and the hundreds of other people killed by guns in 2015
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Obergefell’s selection is a signal that Obama will likely refer to the fight for marriage equality in his speech.
According to the Times, the White House chose Reyes not for the tragedy in which his boyfriend saved four others, but what he has been saying on television and radio in the weeks since the San Bernardino shootings.