Colorado governor weds longtime partner in first same-sex marriage for a sitting governor

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his partner of 18 years, Marlon Reis, were married on Wednesday, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

Polis is the first out LGBTQ governor in the United States to get married while in the governor’s office, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which tracks LGBTQ political candidates and elected officials.

The wedding was a traditional Jewish ceremony that took place outdoors, and every guest was required to test negative for Covid-19, according to the news release.

Polis proposed when Reis was sick in December with Covid-19 and preparing to go to the hospital, according to an interview they did with the Colorado Sun in March.

Reis was released from the hospital after two days and recovered from Covid-19. Polis also contracted the virus but only had minor symptoms, according to the Sun.

“The greatest lesson we have learned over the past eighteen months is that life as we know it can change in an instant. 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,” the newlyweds said in the news release this week. “After eighteen years, we couldn’t be happier to be married at last.”

Polis and Reis have two children, ages 7 and 9.

In 2018, Polis became the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States. He is the second out LGBTQ person elected governor, after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

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Disneyland Figures Out a New to Make More Money

Disneyland Figures Out a New to Make More Money


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(CNN Business) – Millions of guests visit Disney theme parks each year, and most of them probably loathe waiting 90 minutes to ride “Peter Pan’s Flight.” So now Disney is rolling out a new service that will help park goers streamline their visits and cut down on wait times.

Genie” — which debuts this fall at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World — is a new digital service that will “maximize your park time, so you can have more fun,” according to the company.

“From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more — just tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you,” Disney (DIS) said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro told CNN Business this week that the company listened to guests who want the theme park experience to be simpler, straightforward and tailored “for them.”

“You tell Genie what you are interested in specifically — whether that be an attraction, a food, a character — and Genie’s going to come back to you and tell you how to make the most of your day,” D’Amaro said.

The free service will be built into Disney Parks’ established apps along with a paid version called “Disney Genie+” that allows guests to access the “Lightning Lane” for $15 at Disney World and $20 at Disneyland.

“Lightning Lane” is basically a paid version of a benefit that used to be free for guests: Disney’s FastPass, which allowed visitors to book ride and attraction times in advance to avoid long waits.

As Disneyland retires the Fastpass and unveils their new pay-for Genie+ service to manage lines/crowds, Nikki Medoro and Bret Burkhart wonder if people will actually pay more to avoid lines. Also, Brett Favre says kids should avoid tackle football before age 14.