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Former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) to Marry Partner in D.C. This Weekend

Former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) will marry his partner of eight years, Hector Alfonso, in D.C. on Saturday, the Daily Star reports:

Kolbe"We're very happy," he said. "We're very committed."

The two have talked about marrying for a long time, Kolbe said. After sorting out Alfonso's immigration status, Kolbe said the two are ready to marry.

They plan a simple ceremony at the Cosmos Club, officiated by a minister, with readings and prayers...

Kolbe said it's "unfortunate" that Arizona doesn't yet recognize same-sex marriage, saying everyone should be able to find the happiness he's found and be able to marry the person of his or her choice.

Kolbe recently urged the Senate Judiciary Comittee to adopt gay-inclusive immigration reform, telling them of his plans to marry this weekend.

Said Kolbe:

We are immensely fortunate that Hector has now secured an investment visa that allows him to remain here with me. Many other couples, however, are not as fortunate. Even if they, like us, have a marriage, civil union or life-long commitment to each other, their ability to secure a permanent solution that would allow them to build a home, family or business together is elusive and difficult to realize. It shouldn’t be that way, and this Committee has an opportunity to fix this problem.

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  1. Smells to me, anyone know if this guy is the worst? GOP, gay, Arizona... sounds like the worst.

    Posted by: Fenrox | May 15, 2013 3:29:58 PM

  2. Read about his record here:

    On the Issues . org Jim _ Kolbe

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 3:40:26 PM

  3. Is it me or does this man look like an amalgam of Johnn McCain and VP Biden?

    Posted by: Mary | May 15, 2013 3:46:22 PM

  4. How interesting that a well-connected politician can get his partner's immigration status sorted out but thousands of other binational same-sex partnerships are still left in limbo. What a shi#head !

    Posted by: Icebloo | May 15, 2013 4:01:02 PM

  5. thanks to the dems

    ...and still proud to be a republican

    Posted by: t | May 15, 2013 4:17:49 PM

  6. Typical Republican - they are against anything that can help anyone else UNTIL they need it themselves. I hate REPUBLICANS - they are ruining our country. Self-absorbed, uneducated, shortsighted & childish.

    HILLARY 2016 !

    Posted by: Icebloo | May 15, 2013 4:40:26 PM

  7. It's great that he finally is this public about being gay, and I appreciate his being a champion for gay-inclusive immigration reform. Of course, it would have been nice to see him champion such things when he actually had some power. It also would be nice if he acknowledged that he and other more moderate members of the GOP -- for far too long -- have been apologists for the same voices of intolerance that now stand in the way of his marriage being recognized in AZ and elsewhere. I don't believe that he has been willing to call out his former colleagues who fight every effort to achieve progress with LGBT issues and call them bigots. By giving these extremists cover and making them seem more reasonable, he and other apologists are part of the problem.

    Posted by: Guy from DC | May 15, 2013 4:41:56 PM

  8. A couple of weeks after he voted for DOMA he came over to the house I was living in and had sex with the male owner of the house. I have never forgiven Kolbe for his vote.

    Posted by: jht | May 15, 2013 4:47:37 PM

  9. Although it's great that he's drawing attention to LGBTQ issues from within the Republican Party and will hopefully change a few minds, he has also not had the best voting record.

    Posted by: | May 15, 2013 5:26:56 PM

  10. *vomit*

    Sorry, gurl, but you shouldn't be allowed to marry until the entire country is allowed to, because your kapo-@ss was responsible for promoting and encouraging and PASSING wayyyy too much anti-LGBT prejudice and legislation before you were dragged kicking and screaming from The Closet.

    Don't get me wrong - I believe everyone is capable of redeeming themselves, and should be granted the opportunity with grace and understanding. But GURL, you're not quite there yet.

    I hope you get crabs on your honeymoon.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 15, 2013 6:35:56 PM

  11. Icebloo - There is nothing sinister about it. Alfonso was here on a visa, legally. When it expired, he left the country. He then applied for return and LRA. He happens to be a teacher which ought to mean he is eligible for a preferred employment visa.

    You can't randomly compare that to your run of the mill Brazilian prostitute.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 16, 2013 9:33:17 AM

  12. This doofus served on Romney's re-election committee. Yes, Romney, who pledged to support a Federal Marriage Amendment that would ban same-sex marriage throughout the country. This doofus voted for DOMA. This doofus tried to make a side-deal with Romney to get his partner a waiver from visa rules. More than a little hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Jay | May 16, 2013 9:45:33 AM

  13. Jay - Good points. However he cannot simultaneously be the face of evil and the poster child for some imaginary gay immigration inequity issue.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 16, 2013 9:57:54 AM

  14. Gay Republicans are a disturbing breed and never to be trusted.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 16, 2013 10:11:54 AM

  15. I don't trust any gay Republican, but he's not the devil that some of you consider him. Opportunist, shill, kissass, sure. But people change. Oh, and if you wanted to have your partner in the same country and could do it, would you?

    Posted by: Paul R | May 16, 2013 10:21:04 AM

  16. It must be a wonderful thing to suckle at the conservative teat for 22 years and then capitalize on the progress brought forth by liberal Democrats. Sleep well and enjoy your honeymoon Mr. Kolbe.

    Posted by: Rick Smith | May 18, 2013 11:08:55 PM

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