It was a glorious day Saturday for New York’s first openly gay congressman. According to a June 22 report by USA Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney married longtime partner Randy Florke in a beautiful ceremony with their three children by their side. Maloney and Florke married at a church in Cold Spring, N.Y. after 22 years together.
The newlyweds thanks family and friends for their support and celebrated their perfect day just as they envisioned. The couple released a statement following the wedding expressing their gratitude. They wrote, “Even after 22 years together, we’re overwhelmed by how blessed we feel to celebrate this special day with our friends and family. With our three kids by our side, this couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Thank you to all our friends near and far for their love and support as we continue to fight to ensure all families can experience the joys of a lifetime commitment.”
Sean Patrick Maloney is a Democrat who was elected to New York’s 18th Congressional District in 2012. He is now only the second sitting member of Congress to legally marry his gay partner while still in office. The long-awaited wedding was a also a wish made my their youngest daughter, Essie, who wrote a letter to Santa Claus asking to allow her fathers to get married. She wrote, “Santa can you try making my wonder-ful fathers get married, they are a loving couple.”
Soon after the letter was written, the couple publicly announced their engagement, making young Essie’s wish come true. The couple’s two other children, along with Essie, got to witness their dads say “I Do” and punctuate a family they have built together for 22 years with the seal of marriage.
Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin is the other current member of Congress who is legally married to a same-sex partner. Retired Democratic Rep. Barney Frank was the first member of Congress to marry. Maloney won’t get to enjoy his nuptials for long. He is preparing for a primary on Tuesday, as he seeks a second term as a member of Congress. Same-sex marriage became legal in the state of New York in 2011.