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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to marry his boyfriend today

Mayor Robert Garcia Gay

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, right, and his boyfriend, Matt Mendez, left, will get married today in downtown Long Beach. Photo: Justin Rudd.

LONG BEACH — Mayor Robert Garcia and his boyfriend, Matt Mendez, are getting married today.

Garcia is Long Beach’s first mayor who identifies as gay.

Here’s a rundown on the wedding, the guests, the gifts, the honeymoon, and how they met.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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