Chopped host Ted Allen has announced his engagement to his partner of twenty years, Barry Rice.
The two decided that even though they could legally get married, they wanted a “marriage with a capital ‘M’,” as Allen put it.
"We discussed it for years," he explained. "As celebratory as it is to have states permit marriage, we’ve always wanted to wait for the real thing when it was genuinely recognized by the federal government of the greatest country on earth."
After DOMA was shot down by the Supreme Court making it unconstitutional for the federal government to not recognize same-sex marriage, Allen took to Twitter and Facebook to announce his engagement; the news garnered 417 comments in the first 40 minutes.
"I don’t think that by any means our movement is finished, that our work is done, but this was an enormous hurdle," he said. "DOMA has been Chopped, sir." And now the two can start planning their wedding along with other couples as “gay marriage” becomes just “marriage” to everyone.