New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, is engaged to Randy Florke, his partner of 21 years.

According to BuzzFeed, Florke proposed marriage on Christmas morning.

The couple, who are raising two daughters – Essie and Daley – and a son, Jesus, had previously pledged not to marry until the federal government recognized the marriages of gay and lesbian couples, which it now does.

Maloney said their children had pushed them to marry.

“In the eyes of young children, it matters that you're married,” Maloney told BuzzFeed. “It means something to them, and so we saw that through their eyes.”

Essie, the youngest daughter, wrote to Santa asking to marry her two dads.

Florke proposed by giving Maloney a suitcase for Christmas.

Florke said he told his husband-to-be: “It's a suitcase, but it comes with a proposal: I want to know if you will travel with me forever and marry me.”

Former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank was the first member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage while in office. Openly gay Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan is also married.

Maloney and Florke are planning a summer wedding.