By Lori Perkins
Image Taken from Jared Polis' Twitter
Gov. Jared Polis, 46, the first elected out United States Governor, married his partner of 18 year, Marlon Reis, 40, in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Boulder on the anniversary of their first date, with their seven year-old daughter as flower girl, and their nine year-old son as the ring bearer.
Reis shared that when his son asked him why people get married, he answered, it’s an “expression of the caring that you feel for one another."
He added, "As I was growing up, marriage was not even in the realm of possibility. 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."
Polis added, "People could say we took 18 years to get around to it, or you could say we took six years to get around to it," counting back from the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. "But it was great to celebrate our love for one another with our family."
The couple met online, and their first date was to the local bookstore. They held their wedding at Colorado University, where Reis graduated. Reis is a writer and animal activist.