House Speaker Gordon Fox married his long time partner Marcus Lafond Tuesday evening at the State house. The two tied the knot in a private ceremony in the speaker's office.
Fox released the following statement:
"Fifteen years ago on November 12, Marcus and I exchanged rings and made a lifetime commitment to each another. This date has great sentimental meaning to both of us, so we felt it was appropriate to officially exchange our wedding vows today.
"Over the years, many people have encouraged us to travel out of state to get married. As a lifelong Rhode Islander, I wanted this special day to take place in the state we both treasure so dearly.
"I can't help but reflect today on all the courageous individuals who fought for marriage equality over the many years it was debated in our state. I am overwhelmed that all Rhode Island couples now have the opportunity to experience the same joy that Marcus and I shared today."