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U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to marry long-time partner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.

WASHINGTON — Freshman U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney plans to marry his long-time partner, who proposed over Christmas.

The New York Democrat released a statement on Tuesday with partner Randy Florke. They say after 21 years together they’re excited to take the next step and share a special day with family.

Florke’s proposal came after one of the couple’s adopted children, 11-year-old Essie, wrote to Santa wishing for her parents to be married.

Maloney will be the second member of Congress married to a same-sex partner. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is also married.

Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., became the first sitting member of Congress to marry his partner in 2012.

Maloney represents the 18th congressional district, about 50 miles north of New York City. It’s a competitive seat Republicans expect to contest in 2014.

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  1. what a beautiful family xxxx

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:59pm
  2. Congratulations!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00pm
  3. What a lovely story and a lovelier family, congrats to them both.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00pm
  4. way to go more people with partners need to get married it is their rights to do it .love you lots Krystle .

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00pm
  5. Congrats!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:02pm
  6. Congratulations from New Tampa.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:03pm
  7. Yes! Yes! Yes! I am more than happy for you all.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:03pm
  8. CONGRATS!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:06pm
  9. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:07pm
  10. Congratulations

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  11. What a beautiful family!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:10pm
  12. Congratulations guys!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:11pm
  13. Congratz

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:19pm
  14. Betsy Sarah I was thinking the exact same thing this is a beautiful family! I wish them a blessed marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:20pm
  15. good news for this time

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:22pm
  16. Congrats!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:25pm
  17. congrats

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:33pm
  18. way to go..making others less fortunate happy.it doesn’t matter who does it..congrats.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:33pm
  19. Very cute family

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:35pm
  20. Congratulations to you and your family. May you always share your love and happiness with each other

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:37pm
  21. isn’t he alittle to old for that young guy?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  22. When it comes to love, age is just a number. (just as long as both are 18+)

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:09pm
  23. true

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:04pm
  24. Awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:50pm
  25. Be happy!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:04pm
  26. Yaaaassss

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:06pm
  27. Woo hoo!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:08pm
  28. congrats to you both

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:21pm
  29. WOOT WOOT!!! MAZEL TOV!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:24pm
  30. Grand!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:25pm
  31. Why is Maloney voting the Republican line?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:28pm
  32. Please take a quick listen to this amazing guy and share it if he blows you away with the power of his voice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wGESs4R6W4

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:31pm
  33. What a beautiful family! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:44pm
  34. You know. I mean, as much as I want to be happy for Sean here… and I want them to continue to be a beautiful family and all. I think that as someone who’s involved in the US congress… he should hold off marriage until marriage equality reaches every state in the union.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:01pm
  35. Beautiful family.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:13pm
  36. Congrats guys.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
  37. SO great – beautiful family

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:33pm
  38. i wish them a lifetime of happiness and love!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:37pm
  39. I LOVE IT

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:03pm
  40. Congratulations to a beautiful family!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:07pm
  41. Lovely family!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:08pm
  42. Best wishes to you and your beautiful family.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:13pm
  43. looking for the day when this is NOT newsworthy!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:25pm
  44. beautifully happy fam!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:53pm
  45. Why arent ye normal like…just be straight like me and my cool friends

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:57pm
  46. All I can say is,if they were POOR Queers,U wouldnt see them with their ADOPTED Children or Probably even one of their Biological Children. Instead if one of them were to get sick and die,even with a Will,the family might Contest it and the other would be left with NOTHING but a memory…TRUE STORY

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:26pm
  47. gorgeous family!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:29pm
  48. Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:36pm
  49. Congrats from a 34 year married and 36 yr together married couple.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:39pm
  50. How beautiful is this:-)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:44pm
  51. lovely family- congrats

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:56pm
  52. Congratulations! Beautiful family!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:58pm
  53. Congrats on your pending marriage….may couples in all 50 states one day enjoy your happiness

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:24am
  54. What with all those children… it’s about time!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:32am
  55. Wonderful. What an awesome family! Congratulations! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:33am
  56. This pic seems Photoshopped.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:38am
  57. Cograts !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:39am
  58. Lovely family, congrats! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:44am
  59. Beautiful family

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:49am
  60. What a beautiful family. Love you all.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:15am
  61. Beautiful family indeed. Enjoy.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:29am
  62. <3 <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:40am
  63. Awesome!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:31am
  64. CONGRAT’S!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:02am
  65. congratulations wish your family many years of happiness .

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:02am
  66. He voted for the government shutdown. DINO. Glad he can marry and I’m happy for his family but Mahoney wouldn’t be getting married if it wasn’t for courageous Democrats who stuck their necks out. Mahoney is a turncoat and an opportunist.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:12am
  67. oooo cute too! :) CONGRATS!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 3:16am