Mark Zuckerberg has attended the New York wedding of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to his long-time boyfriend Sean Eldridge.
The happy couple, who tied the knot at their home in Garrison, New York State, at the weekend, were joined by a number of other high-profile guests, including the US House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, and Newark Mayor, Cory Booker. According to the Daily Mail, Zuckerberg’s presence at the wedding was “leaked by insiders”.
Hughes’s wedding follows hot on the heels of Zuckerberg’s own, surprise, wedding in May – to his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan – just one day after Facebook went public.
During the 2008 US presidential election campaign, Hughes was Barack Obama’s online campaign manager. Earlier this year, he bought the US arts and politics magazine New Republic, becoming it’s publisher and editor-in-chief.
As well as being a campaigner for Protect Our Democracy, Eldridge was, until July 2011, the political director of Freedom to Marry, a group advocating the right for same-sex couples to be able to legally marry.
In May, a New York Timesprofile of the couple described Hughes, 28, and Eldridge, 25, as “a significant force in political circles”.
The young couple first met through shared acquaintances in 2005, with Eldridge asking Hughes out on a date soon after. In an interview with the New York Times, Hughes said, “[Sean] was very intelligent and charismatic. He was very kind and politically engaged, and he cared about the world around us. All of that was very attractive to me.”
Confirming the feelings were mutual, Eldridge says, “I think we shared a lot of important, common interests. We have a love of philosophy, politics and literature. He was one of the most intelligent and ambitious people I had ever met.
Hughes co-founded Facebook, in 2004, with his friends Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin when they were at Harvard.