Utah state Senator Jim Dabakis proposes to longtime partner

2:44 PM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah state senator used a celebration over two Supreme Court gay rights decisions to propose to his longtime partner.

Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis was giving remarks Wednesday during a party at Salt Lake City's rainbow flag-draped Club Sound when he asked Stephen Justesen to join him onstage.

Dabakis says he met Justesen 26 years ago. Dabakis got on one knee and gave Justesen a ring while the crowd whooped.

Dabakis told The Salt Lake Tribune the proposal was a spur-of-the-moment decision and a wedding date hasn't been set.

The Salt Lake City lawmaker is an art dealer and founding chair of the Utah Pride Center who took office earlier this year.

In 2011, Dabakis became the first openly gay person to lead a state party in Utah.

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