Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the first openly gay male governor in the U.S., married his longtime partner on Wednesday. 

Polis, who was elected in 2018, was married in a traditional Jewish ceremony to the state’s first gentleman Marlon Reis — his partner of 18 years, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone officiated, and all guests were required to test negative for COVID-19. 

Reis, a published author and animal advocate, and Polis were engaged in December 2020 when Reis was about to be hospitalized with COVID-19, according to The Associated Press. Polis also contracted the virus, but only suffered mild symptoms. 


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“The greatest lesson we have learned over the past eighteen months is that life as we know it can change in an instant,” the couple said in a statement. 

“We are thankful for the health and wellbeing of our family and friends, and the opportunity to celebrate our life together as a married couple,” they continued. “After eighteen years, we couldn't be happier to be married at last.”

The couple have two children, a 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl, and reside in Boulder. 


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Published on Sep 16, 2021