Maloney and Florke Announce Wedding Plans

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By Kevin E. Foley

Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY), a resident of Philipstown, has announced plans to wed his long-time partner Randy Florke. According to Maloney’s office, Florke, Maloney’s partner of 21 years, proposed marriage to the congressman on Christmas Day, which he readily accepted. Underscoring the poignancy of the engagement, the couple’s adopted daughter, Essie, 11, had written to Santa Claus asking that they be married. Maloney, 47 and Florke, 51 have two other children, Jesus, 24 and Daley, 13.

The Maloney Florke Family From left, Randy Florke, Essie Maloney Florke, Sean Maloney, Reiniel Florke, and Daley Maloney Florke, with pet Pokie (Photo courtesy of Rep. Sean Maloney)

The Maloney Florke Family
From left, Randy Florke, Essie Maloney Florke, Sean Maloney, Reiniel Florke, and Daley Maloney Florke, with pet Pokie (Photo courtesy of Rep. Sean Maloney)

The couple is hoping for an early summer wedding but no official time or location has been set yet.

“After 21 years together, we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family. For decades, we’ve fought to ensure that all families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future,” said the pair in a statement.

Maloney would become the second congressman to announce a same-sex marriage while in office.  Now-retired Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) did so in 2012.

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