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Former Ariz. congressman to marry partner in DC

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/13iYpUD) 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 was gay.

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