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Openly gay N.Y. congressman and father marries his longtime partner

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay member of Congress from the State of New York, married his longtime partner, Randy Gene Florke, over the weekend. Rev. Fr. Shane Scott-Hamblen officiated the ceremony at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring, N.Y. The couple has been together 22 years and they have three children, Reinel, who’s 24, Daley, who’s 13, and Essie, who’s 11. Maloney is now one of two members of Congress married to a same-sex partner.

Maloney and Florke issued the following joint statement:

“Even after 22 years together, we’re overwhelmed by how blessed we feel to celebrate this special day with our friends and family,” the joint statement says. “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.”

Many people congratulated the couple over Twitter.

“My best wishes to @RepSeanMaloney and @RandyFlorke on your wedding today in Cold Spring, NY. Congratulations!” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Congratulations @RepSeanMaloney on your wedding today in beautiful #ColdSpring, #NY! Wishing you and Randy a lifetime of happiness!” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

“Congratulations to my friend and colleague ‪@RepSeanMaloney! I wish you, Randy, and your wonderful kids a lifetime of health and happiness,” said New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.

The 47-year-old Maloney represents the lower Hudson Valley region of New York and 51-year-old Florke is a real estate and design executive at a New York City he founded in 1996.

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