1st Openly Gay NY Congressman Weds Longtime Partner

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New York’s first openly gay member of Congress got hitched on Saturday.

First-term Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney wed his longtime partner Randy Florke at a ceremony in Cold Spring, where they live with their three children, according to NBC News. The event at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands was attended by about 250 people.

“Even after 22 years together, we’re overwhelmed by how blessed we feel to celebrate this special day with our friends and family,” the couple said in a statement, as quoted by NBC News. They added that they hope “all families can experience the joys of a lifetime of commitment.”

Maloney is the second openly gay member of Congress to be married while in office — former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) was the first in 2012.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) congratulated the couple on Twitter.


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