Former congressman Kolbe to wed partner - Tucson News Now

Former congressman Kolbe to wed partner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tucson News Now) - Former Southern Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe will marry his same-sex partner in a low-key ceremony this weekend.

Kolbe told Tucson News Now he and his partner of eight years, Hector Alfonso, will marry Saturday in Washington, D.C., which legalized gay marriage four years ago.

The teacher from Panama and Kolbe have been talking about marriage for two years, since Alfonso received his green card.

The marriage will take place at the Cosmos Club in Washington.

Kolbe announced in 1996 that he was gay.

The Republican served in Congress for 22 years, representing Southern Arizona. He was also a state senator. Kolbe is now a fellow at a Washington think tank and a consultant.

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