Colorado Governor Jared Polis has once again made history.
The Democratic head of state married Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate, on Wednesday on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The small Jewish ceremony took place outside and was presided over by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone.
“The biggest lesson we’ve learned over the past 18 months is that life as we know it can change in an instant. We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our life together as a married couple, ”the two men said in a statement on social media. “After 18 years together, we couldn’t be happier to finally be married.”
The marriage marks the first same-sex marriage for a sitting U.S. governor.
Polis, 46, made history in 2018, when he became the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a U.S. state. He is also Colorado’s first Jewish governor.
He and Reis have two children: their son Caspian Julius, 9, and their daughter Cora, 7. The couple got engaged in December as Reis prepared to leave for hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
In an interview with NPR published on Wednesday, Reis said he and Polis had emphasized the emotional significance of their marriage above all historical value.
“During Jared’s career in Congress, you know, we didn’t want to be the first of anything,” the first man said. “It sort of turned out that way. “
“Growing up, marriage was not even within the realm of possibility,” he continued. “And in fact the reality was that there was a lot of misinformation about what could potentially happen if you were telling yourself – what opportunities would you lose, how that would negatively impact you. So for a long time, the idea of getting married, we did not talk about it.
Wednesday’s wedding took place on the 18th anniversary of their first date.
“People might say we took 18 years to get there, or you might say it took six years to get there,” Polis joked to NPR, referring to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized national marriage equality.
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