Sep 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Colorado's Jared Polis weds in first same-sex marriage for sitting governor

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his partner Marlon Reis with a terrier.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, meeting a terrier. Photo: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

Colorado's Jared Polis (D) married his partner, Marlon Reis, on Wednesday, becoming the first sitting governor to have a same-sex wedding.

The big picture: Polis became the first openly gay man elected governor in November 2018, four years after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

  • Polis married Reis on the 18th anniversary of their first date, per NPR.
  • The wedding was held at Reis' alma mater, Colorado University — Boulder.

What they're saying: "As I was growing up, marriage was not even in the realm of possibility," Reis said, per NPR.

  • "And in fact, the reality was that there was a lot of misinformation out there about what could potentially happen if you came out — what opportunities would you lose, how it would negatively impact you. So for a long time, the idea of getting married, we didn't talk about it," Reis added.
  • "[It] was great to celebrate our love for one another with our family," Polis told NPR.
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