Gay congressman Jared Polis announces birth of his son

Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado has announced the birth of a new son, making him the only openly gay member of Congress to be a parent.

While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman’s press office did release the announcement that Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent to friends and family.

The e-mail announcement said Caspian Julius was born on Friday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces. The announcement asked well-wishers for “nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet and the universe.”

The e-mail message added: “Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already!”

It was unclear whether the baby was adopted or born through a surrogate.

Polis is one of four openly gay members of Congress. He’s serving his second term in office. An award-winning philanthropist, he has founded a number of companies and is one of the 10 richest members of Congress, worth an estimated $65 million.