Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox on Tuesday married longtime partner Marcus LaFond.

According to The Providence Journal, the couple married in Fox's State House office and the ceremony was officiated by Traffic Court Chief Magistrate William Guglietta.

Denis Dison, a vice president at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports openly LGBT elected officials, confirmed to On Top Magazine that Fox is the nation's first openly gay and married lawmaker to lead a State House. Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino entered a civil union with his partner earlier this year.

In a statement, Fox discussed what it mean for them to be married on the 15th anniversary of their commitment ceremony.

“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.”

A law approved by lawmakers allowing gay couples to marry took effect on August 1.