Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, the first
openly gay man to be elected to Congress, included a mention of his
partner and their son in his speech at the Democratic National
Convention on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Polis opened by telling
delegates that he's a gay American: “My name is Jared Polis. My
great-grandparents were immigrants. I am Jewish. I am gay. I am a
father. I am a son. I am an entrepreneur. I am a congressman from
Colorado. I am always an optimist. But first and foremost, I am an
“Diversity is America's strength, and
only by working together, as one nation, can we form a more perfect
Polis' mention of his domestic partner,
writer Marlon Reis, and their son, Caspian Julius, was couched in
references to Christian families and single mothers.
“So tonight, I don't just ask my
fellow Americans to respect my relationship with my partner Marlon
and my role as a father to our son. I ask them to respect the
Christian family concerned about decaying moral values and crass
commercialism. I ask them to respect the difficult decision of a
single mother to bring a child into this world, because of her
For the record, Massachusetts
Representative Barney Frank came out gay while serving in Congress,
while Polis was out before he sought his seat.