Colorado Gov. Jared Polis deserves credit score for selecting a really sudden second to suggest to his first gentleman, Marlon Reis.
The couple introduced Thursday that they’d gotten engaged after 17 years collectively. In an interview with The Colorado Sun, Reis mentioned he was making ready to depart for the hospital in early December after contracting COVID-19 when Polis popped the query.
“I was getting my things ready. My daughter was crying in the corner — she didn’t want me to go,” Reis, 39, recalled. “My son was asking me a lot of technical questions: ‘When are you coming back? Do they know exactly what’s wrong?’ It was a very tense moment.”
Then shortly earlier than the couple left for the hospital, Reis mentioned Polis bought down on one knee and introduced him with a hoop. And whereas it might not have been the grand, sweepingly romantic scene one imagines, it turned out to be “the absolute perfect time,” Reis mentioned.
“It put such a spring in my step,” mentioned the primary gentleman, who returned house after two days of hospitalization and has since recovered from COVID-19. “When I got to the hospital, I wasn’t scared anymore. I said, ‘I have a great relationship, a great family that I’m going to be coming home to after this.’”
Speaking to Colorado Public Radio on Thursday, Polis mentioned he had been interested by proposing to Reis “for a while” beforehand.
“I knew he’d probably get better, but obviously, you never know,” the Democratic governor defined. “I thought now’s a good time to give them something to remember here as we leave the house to take him to the hospital. … You never go to the hospital with an upbeat spirit, but [Marlon] probably had an extra, extra beat in his step as he walked into the hospital.”
In 2018, Polis made historical past when he turned the primary overtly homosexual man to be elected governor of a U.S. state. He can also be Colorado’s first Jewish governor.
“Right now, our nation is experiencing a period of growing divisiveness and rising tribalism,” Polis mentioned in his 2019 inaugural address. “But here in Colorado, we choose a different path. Here, we have come so far, we have climbed so high, we have done so much not just to say but to show that we reject the negative and divisive brand of politics.”
Polis himself tested positive for COVID-19 in November, however his signs have been gentle and didn’t require hospitalization. He and Reis have two youngsters: son Caspian Julius, 9, and daughter Cora, 6.
A marriage date has not but been introduced, although the couple has hinted that it might happen sooner somewhat than later because of the ongoing menace of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Let’s not wait. Let’s live life while we have it to live,” said Reis, an animal advocate and author. “Let’s celebrate and look out for each other and keep caring about the things that we care about.”
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