Stanley Rosenberg marries longtime partner 

Published: 9/10/2016 3:19:49 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has married his longtime partner.

WGBH-FM reports that Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, and Bryon Hefner were married on Tuesday.

A statement issued by a spokeswoman for the Senate leader said a private ceremony was held at Cambridge City Hall.

Spokeswoman Mara Dolan said Rosenberg did not wish to comment further on the matter.

The 66-year-old Rosenberg and the 29-year-old Hefner have been together since 2008.

Rosenberg became the first openly gay leader of a legislative chamber in Massachusetts when he took the gavel as Senate president in January 2015.

Rosenberg had said after the couple was engaged last year that Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito had agreed to officiate at their wedding. It wasn’t immediately known if she did, in fact, officiate.

Once a strong opponent of gay marriage, Polito later changed her position to one of support.

Gazette staff writer Michael Majchrowicz contributed to this report.

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