The group roared when Governor-elect Jared Polis launched his longtime associate Marlon Reis as “Colorado’s first man” Tuesday night time.
However is “first man” actually his title?
The quick reply: It may be no matter Reis needs.
The lengthy reply is that state legislation is silent on the matter, in accordance with the Workplace of Legislative Authorized Companies. In actual fact, there’s no official title for any partner or associate for any elected official. The time period “first woman,” the most typical designation for the political partner in a heterosexual relationship, is extra of a practice and courtesy, in accordance with Robert Hickey, creator of the e-book “Honor & Respect: The Official Information to Names, Titles, and Types of Handle.”
It seems that male spouses of feminine governors have generally taken the title of “first gentleman.” That was the reported designation former President Invoice Clinton was anticipated to tackle if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was elected president.
With Polis being the nation’s first elected overtly homosexual governor, there’s little precedent for Reis’ title. Internationally, Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, has been addressed in English as “first gentleman,” as properly.
Nevertheless, so as to add one other wrinkle, Polis and Reis aren’t legally married. Earlier than they married, The Denver Submit referred to Robin Pringle as Gov. John Hickenlooper’s girlfriend. Nevertheless, the Oregon information media referred to former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee as the primary woman. She embraced the title and function.
Reis has had a low political profile each throughout Polis’ tenure as a congressman and through his marketing campaign for governor.
The Polis marketing campaign has requested the media to seek advice from Reis as the primary man, since that’s how Polis referred to him in his victory speech.