Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has made history once again.
The Democratic state leader married Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate, on Wednesday at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The small Jewish ceremony was held outdoors and was officiated by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone.
“The greatest lesson we have learned over the past 18 months is that life as we know it can change in an instant. We are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our life together as a married couple,” the two men said in a statement on social media. “After 18 years together, we couldn’t be happier to be married at last.”
The wedding marks the first same-sex marriage of a sitting U.S. governor.
In an interview with NPR published Wednesday, Reis said he and Polis emphasized the emotional significance of their marriage above any historic value.
“Over the course of Jared’s career in Congress, you know, we didn’t set out to be the first of anything,” the first gentleman said. “Things sort of happened that way.”
“As I was growing up, marriage was not even in the realm of possibility,” he continued. “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.”
Wednesday’s wedding took place on the 18th anniversary of their first date.