TUCSON — Former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe says he and his partner of eight years plan to get married this weekend in Washington, D.C.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that Kolbe and Hector Alfonso, a teacher from Panama, have talked about marrying for a long time. Kolbe says now that Alfonso’s immigration status has been sorted out, the two are ready.
A simple ceremony at the Cosmos Club is planned Saturday. The ceremony will be officiated by a minister with readings and prayers.
Same-sex marriage is allowed in Washington, D.C., and the 70-year-old Kolbe says it’s unfortunate that Arizona doesn’t yet recognize same-sex marriage.
Kolbe is from Tucson and represented southern Arizona in the U.S. House for 22 years. He was elected in 1985 and disclosed in 1996 that he is gay.