Jared Polis Becomes First Sitting Governor To Marry Gay Marriage | Colorado
Jared Polis has become the first openly gay governor in the United States to marry in office.
The Colorado governor and Marlon Reis, his partner of 18 years, hosted an intimate traditional-style Jewish wedding surrounded by close friends, family and two children, according to a news release this week.
The wedding, held at the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus, held significant significance as it marked the 18th anniversary of their first date.
The Colorado governor is the first publicly LGBTQ official to marry while in office, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund. A decade before Polis was elected governor of Colorado, he made history as the first parent of a same-sex relationship elected to the United States House of Representatives.
“The biggest lesson we have learned over the past 18 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,” Polis and Reis said in a joint statement.
When Polis took office in 2018, it had only been three years since the US Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
“When I was growing up, marriage wasn’t even in the realm of possibility,” said Reis, 40. “And in fact, the reality was that there was a lot of misinformation about what could potentially happen if you came out – what opportunities would you lose, how it would affect you negatively. So for a long time, the idea of getting married, we did not talk about it.
Reis told the Colorado Sun that Polis proposed last winter as the couple battled Covid-19 at their Boulder home. Just before Reis was hospitalized, Polis got down on one knee.