Colorado Governor. Jared Polis is the first openly gay American governor.

Polis and Marlon Reis, who have been together for 18 years and were engaged in December, wed in a small traditional Jewish ceremony Wednesday, the governor’s office said.

“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 grateful for the health and well being of our family members and friends and the chance to celebrate our married life together,” they stated in a joint statement ..

Polis, a Democrat, was elected governor in November 2018 and sworn in the following January. He was previously a U.S. He was previously a U.S.

The couple was engaged in this winter before Reis was admitted to a hospital with Covid-19, NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver reported. Polis was also diagnosed but didn’t experience any severe symptoms. Their children are 7-year-old daughter and 9-year old son.

” We are both excited about this new chapter of our lives together and our hearts are filled with the blessings health, love and family,” Polis stated in a Facebook comment .

Polis was the first homosexual man elected as a governor . However, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat who identifies as bisexual, was the first openly LGBT person to be elected governor in 2016.

Wednesday marked the first such-sex marriage by a sitting governor. Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., was the first sitting member of Congress to marry someone of the same sex in 2012.

“Over the course of Jared’s career in Congress, you know, we didn’t set out to be the first of anything. “Things just happened that way,” Reis told Colorado Public Radio .

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.