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Polis of Colorado, first openly gay elected governor, marries longtime partner

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his 18-year-old partner, Marlon Reis, have married. (Photo credit: Jocelyn Augustino via AP)

BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) – Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his 18-year-old partner Marlon Reis made it official in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony this week.

Polis, who in 2018 became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor, married his first gentleman on Wednesday. Polis, 46, and Reis, a 40-year-old writer and animal welfare advocate, have married in Boulder, the governor’s office said. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone officiated.

The couple had been engaged since December 2020 and celebrated the event in a small outdoor venue surrounded by family and friends. Their 9 and 7 year old children joined them for their nuptials.

Polis, a Democrat, and Reis were engaged as Reis prepared to be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19. Reis was released from the hospital after two days. Polis also caught the coronavirus but showed only mild symptoms.

“The biggest lesson we’ve learned over the past eighteen months is that life as we know it can change in an instant. We are grateful for the health and well-being of our family and friends, and for the opportunity to celebrate our life together as a married couple, ”said Polis and Reis. “After eighteen years, we couldn’t be happier to finally be married.”

The governor’s office said every guest in attendance must test negative for COVID-19.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.