Pretty awesome (gay) marriage proposal at a Home Depot in SLC

This is pretty neat.  A (gay) marriage proposal at a Home Depot, no less, in Salt Lake City, no less.


Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party. When he was taken to the lumber aisle, what he found waiting for him was a mob of friends and family as his marriage proposal unfolded to the song, “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.

I want a Dustin.

You have to love this comment my friend Mike left on Facebook:

This is EXACTLY why straight people hate us – raising the bar on proposals to an unattainable level! But it did make me cry. And wanna go to Home Depot.


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53 Responses to “Pretty awesome (gay) marriage proposal at a Home Depot in SLC”

  1. Allen La Pan-Tillson says:

    What an awesome proposal. Ive watched several times and cry every time. May you two know nothing but happy times together. A special blessing to both of your families for their support and love.

    Coupled over 45 years…

  2. Luigi Proud DemoCat! says:

    Why do you think it’s really called Homo Depot? :)

  3. Knuckles, occasional visitor says:

    of course they can!

  4. John says:

    Hey Jaytee, You’re a bigot asshole. Gay couples adopt and have wonderful families.

  5. John says:

    Yes, they can

  6. guest says:

    Aye. Same sex couples can’t produce kids, that pretty much tells you they shouldn’t have them by an means.

  7. Jaytee says:

    This is awesome! Can’t wait for them to have kids. Oh wait, they can’t.

  8. lmsinca says:

    Mine was way more romantic than that. We were driving home from the laundromat and I told him that I thought it was time to “marry me or move out”. I was shocked when he said “okay”.

  9. dkettwi says:

    does flash mobs these days! I still think my silent auction proposal
    was awesome, but I’m a little biased because it was my idea and the
    outcome was ‘yes’. :-P

  10. rmthunter says:

    I’m sort of torn between “Aww!” and “Oh. My. God.”

    With sniffles, of course.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I know exactly what you mean, but I would have loved seeing this no matter who the couple was. What a fantastic, loving thing to do. I cried.

  12. TheAlien says:

    I don’t know about Salt Lake’s Lowe’s, but mine had two lesbians working there when I started working there. They stopped working there but for completely opposite reasons – one moved away, one was fired from doing something inappropriate but not in a sexual way, it was one of those stupid policy rules broken for some reason that I don’t remember. During my time there, other people may have been gay, but they were not out. I’m from a southern state though so it was pretty smart of them to do so in general, but I have a feeling my store would have been tolerant of them. Now the customers…maybe not.

  13. Jim Olson says:

    I’m still looking forward to the day when this is not newsworthy. They do prove one thing; gays can be as ridiculous and over-the-top about marriage as straight people. I hope they both have full time jobs and family support; the wedding is going to be expensive.

  14. emjayay says:

    What if all the Mormons go to Lowe’s now?

  15. Jay says:

    *sobbing with happiness*

    BEAUTIFUL!!! thanks for sharing. you made my day, john. i am sharing it on my fb.

  16. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I noticed that. On the day I don’t notice things like that, bury me.

  17. cole3244 says:


  18. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Yeah I’m only feeling nitpicky because of the high production values — they’ve got boom mics, multiple cameras (and good cameras), decent lighting etc, but somehow they missed one of the best parts of a surprise — the initial surprise.

  19. TheAlien says:

    One manager there is a SMART MAN/WOMAN. Cause he just made his shop the favorite place to go for gay people to get their home supplies…in the whole of Salt Lake. Good PR…and good business. Smart, smart man/woman.

  20. Thom Allen says:

    Yeah, but then you get some throwbacks popping up, like in Cleveland right now, that kinda put a damper on things. Here’s the link to the “article” and comments. It will do your heart good to see the Christian lions ripping up the christian lyins.

  21. caphillprof says:

    Gives me a BIG LOVE feeling.

  22. Indigo says:

    Very sweet.

  23. BeccaM says:

    To be fair, he -is- a hottie.

  24. Drew2u says:

    One of the better proposals I heard of was a kind of scavenger hunt (follow the directions, no questions, starting now) that started with the woman receiving a small flip-cam that said to start recording herself when she follows the directions she finds. Eventually she gets into a cab, the cab takes her to the airport, she goes onto a flight, the plane lands and there’s a car waiting for her, it takes her to a hotel and in the backyard of the hotel is her family and friends waiting for her where her hubby then proposes. I missed a lot in that description, but that’s the gist of it.
    It sounded like an awesome idea – except the cost accrued.

  25. cole3244 says:

    tolerance is popping up all over the place these days in spite of religious orthodoxy.
    thanks for the heads up.

  26. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    You were too busy looking at Dustin.

  27. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I can see the similarities. Two guys, right?

  28. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    They just don’t seem able to keep him in stock.

  29. Why doesn’t my Home Depot have a Dustin?

  30. Well, if we’re going to get really nitpicky, I want more close-ups of Dustin ;-)

  31. emjayay says:

    Not to be nitpicky but some closeups of various people past the front would have been nice, also for them since they put all that work into it. Especially orange tank top Asian guy.

  32. Cletus says:

    What a fucked up world. Why is this so hard to understand?

  33. Thom Allen says:

    A teacher in North Carolina got suspended for showing a video of “Same Love” to his class. The school thought it was inappropriate (gay propaganda). The town newspaper published a brief, bad article on it. Two of the straight up hater, bible thumping rabid christians, spewed venom. Then about 12 of their fellows posted and ripped them to shreds. I read the comment open mouthed and kept saying, “North Carolina? These people in rural North Carolina are supporting this teacher?” Amazing.

  34. emjayay says:

    Well, one Home Depot managed by someone who knows good PR when they see it anyway.

  35. emjayay says:

    I just read through about 100 comments on You Tube and about three fourths of the commenters said they cried!

  36. emjayay says:

    Yeah, they put the friends with some dance experience up front. The yellow tank top guy was pretty good also.

  37. nicho says:

    Ours was just like this one. Except it wasn’t at Home Depot. It was at home. And we didn’t have backup dancers. Jeopardy was on. Instead of all our family and friends, we were alone. Instead of kneeling down, I said, “Maybe we should get married before the Prop 8 vote.” Instead of crying, he said, “Yeah, sounds like a good idea.” Other than that, just like the video.

  38. nicho says:

    There was a brunette?

  39. cole3244 says:

    that’s an understatement.

  40. BeccaM says:

    So was ours, actually, even for being all rushed and impromptu. The deputy clerk was really sweet and wonderful, and the vows nicely composed.

  41. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Glad I’m not the only one. My proposal was something like: “You know, we should get married.”

    Him: “Yeah, okay.”

    The marriage was a lot better than that.

  42. BeccaM says:

    Front row, right side. ;-)

  43. SkippyFlipjack says:

    this is wonderful but with all the effort & high production values you’d think they’d have caught more of the contextual stuff on film, like his first reaction to all the dancers, cameras etc.

  44. StraightGrandmother says:

    Actually I think this should be a National Trend, Gay Marriage Proposal Performances at Home Depot.
    When he says, “Meet me at Home Depot after work” guys will be wondering, “Is he going to ask me?”
    This should be a trend. They have nice wide isles.

  45. You two are too funny, I never even noticed her!

  46. BeccaM says:

    Don’t know, but damn she’s got some moves, huh?

  47. BeccaM says:

    Me: “I think we should just run over to San Bernardino and get hitched. We could be done and back home in less than 48 hours.”

    My wife: “Sure, sounds good. Let’s just get it over with.”

    (Of course, having already been married for over 14 years kinda takes the wind out of the sails…)


    All I can say about a proposal like this one with Spencer and Dustin: You better be damned sure you know what the answer’s gonna be. ;-)

  48. cole3244 says:

    slc utah, who knew, as a straight male the times are a changin but not fast enough for me.
    its nice to know there are people (friends) like that around and the haters are disappearing by the minute.

  49. The_Fixer says:

    Brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it?

    I never in my wildest imagination would have thought we’d see this in this country. Never. It just takes my breath away!

  50. sonoitabear says:

    So much for AFA’s claim that Home Depot has given up their support of LGBT…

  51. DrDignity says:

    Beautiful! Marry him, Sweetie!

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