When fashion designer Laurent Hemphill returned home he was a little mystified as to why his boyfriend had put candles all over the place. But the mystery was soon answered when Andrew, his partner of three years, got down on one knee and proposed to him. The moment at their home in Atlanta, Georgia, was captured on camera and a tweet they shared quickly gained traction. It went viral, with users appreciating seeing positive LGBTQ+ content online.
‘I said yes! yes, i want you to be my husband!’ Laurent excitedly wrote online. ‘Yes, I’m going to marry you! Yes, I want to spend the rest of my life with you! Yes, I want to have a family with you! Yes, I want to grow old with you. Yes, I’m all yours forever! I love you with every piece of my heart and soul!’ Laurent told Metro.co.uk a bit more about the special proposal. ‘Me and Andrew have known each other for three years,’ he said. ‘I knew the proposal was coming, but I didn’t think it would be so soon! My heart dropped when I walked into the room filled with candles.’
Online, followers loved the sweet and heartwarming gesture. One person wrote: ‘This is beautiful. Let love lead!’ Similarly, another said: ‘Congratulations! You may not even see this but your beautiful love has gotten a lot of attention and comments from many people. It’s not about the negativity but focusing on your happiness!’ Despite the sweet moment being adulated by more than 93,000 people, some left hateful comments. Sadly, the couple was met with some homophobic comments which they were happy to ignore.
One person said it was ‘disgusting’ which sadly received more than 1,000 likes. But Laurent and Andrew are paying no mind. Laurent told us that instead of focusing on the hate, they’re channelling their energy into organising a spectacular wedding. ‘I’m very excited! The wedding will be the 4th October 2020 and it’s definitely going to be a big one.’ Same-sex marriage hasn’t been legal for long where Laurent and Andrew live. It was only legalised in the state of Georgia on June 26, 2015. The couple now can’t wait to take advantage. We hope it’s a grand wedding.