Colorado Gov. Jared Polis marries his longtime partner Marlon Reis. (Jocelyn Augustino photo)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis married his longtime partner, Marlon Reis, on Wednesday afternoon.

The couple wed at a small, traditional Jewish ceremony that was held outdoors with family and friends present, according to the governor’s office. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone officiated.

The governor’s office said every guest was required to test negative for COVID-19. 

“The greatest lesson we have learned over the past eighteen months is that life as we know it can change in an instant,” Polis and Reis said in a join statement. “We are thankful for the health and wellbeing of our family and friends, and the opportunity to celebrate our life together as a married couple. After 18 years, we couldn’t be happier to be married at last.”

The couple got engaged in December as Polis was preparing to take Reis to a hospital to be treated for a COVID-19 infection.

“It was the absolute perfect time,” Reis told The Colorado Sun earlier this year. “I said to him, ‘I couldn’t breathe before. Now I really can’t breathe.’”

Gov. Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis show off their engagement rings. (Provided photo)

Reis and Polis have two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old daughter.

Polis, 46, is the nation’s first openly gay elected governor.

Jesse Paul is a Denver-based political reporter and editor at The Colorado Sun, covering the state legislature, Congress and local politics. He is the author of The Unaffiliated newsletter and also occasionally fills in on breaking news coverage....