Wunderkind Hughes, said to be worth more than $500 million, was a roommate of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard and served as Facebook's spokesman. He's now the founder and director of Jumo.com.
Eldridge, the baby-faced political director for Freedom To Marry, announced his engagement to Hughes before guests including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler at the couple's sprawling SoHo loft for the New York City Reception in Support of Freedom To Marry.
"This is very timely for Chris and I to have you here tonight to celebrate marriage and work on marriage," Eldridge announced to guests. "We got engaged two weeks ago, so there is a real sense of urgency."
The two decided to make their longtime relationship legal on New Year's Eve. "We were in Thailand in a hotel room in the north. We were delayed after two days in the snowstorm and Chris got down on one knee and proposed. It was very traditional and very sweet," Eldridge told us. "We've been together for five years now."
They have yet to set a date, and Eldridge said they'll try to wait until gay marriage is legal in New York.
"As you know, we can't get married in New York, so there is more of an urgency to approve gay marriage, so we can get married here," Eldridge said. "We're going to get married in the next year or two for sure -- we're hoping as soon as possible."