06/25/2012 01:40 pm ET

Pablo Monroy, Navy Veteran, Tells Story Of Asking Partner To Marry Him (VIDEO)

Washington United For Marriage, which supports same-sex marriage, posted a series of videos called "Why Marriage Matters." One such video tells the story of Pablo Monroy, a 24-year-old Navy veteran from Tacoma, Wash., who served under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. In the video, Monroy talks about when he asked his partner to marry him.

"Growing up I wanted to have a family and get married and settle down, white picket fence. And even after I realized I was gay I still wanted that, with whoever I loved," he says.

Washington state passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in February, butopponents succeeded in forcing a referendum on the matter for November.

"Regardless of whatever happens, we're going to have each other, and we're just hoping to have that protected by law, and just be like all of our neighbors -- a married, happy couple."



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