Less than 48 hours before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Penn State Abington math lecturer John Majewicz marked LGBT Pride Month at the White House as an invited guest of President Barack Obama.
Majewicz came to the President's attention through Deesha Dyer, the White House social secretary. Majewicz developed a friendship with Dyer through their volunteer work with ActionAIDS of Philadelphia, the state's largest HIV/AIDS service organization.
Majewicz, a 1988 Penn State graduate in mathematics, said he was impressed by the overall tone of the day.
"What amazed me is how ordinary it seemed and how everyone was treated respectfully and kindly," he said. "To an outsider, the crowd may have seemed a bit 'colorful' and unusual, but it seemed perfectly ordinary. Everyone was so comfortable because we were treated so well."