Rep. Sean Maloney to wed longtime partner

January 13, 2014
United States Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY-18, and partner Randy Florke attend The 2013 Greater New York Human Rights Campaign Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on February 2, 2013 in New York City. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) United States Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and partner Randy Florke. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

After 21 years and three children together, Rep. Sean Maloney and his partner, Randy Florke, are planning to wed.

A Christmas Day proposal from Florke followed an adorable letter to Santa from the couple’s daughter, Essie, Buzzfeed reports. “Santa can you try making my wonder-ful fathers get married,” the little girl wrote. “They are a loving couple!”

The two plan to tie the knot in early summer, they told Buzzfeed.

The New York Democrat will be the second member of Congress, after Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), to legally wed a same-sex partner while in office.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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