The president of the Golden State Warriors married his partner on Friday in a ceremony officiated by the Mayor of San Francisco.

Rick Welts, president of the Warriors, a professional basketball franchise, married his partner of nine years, Todd Gage at San Francisco City Hall. San Francisco Mayor London Breed married the men.

“It was a good day, nine years in the making!,” Welts tweeted. 

Welts, 67, came out as a gay in a 2011 interview with the New York Times. It was a rare move for a sports executive in those days and later that year Welts was hired as the Warriors’ new president.

The Warriors have won three NBA championships during Welts’ administration.

Gage, reportedly, was the reason Welts relocated to the Bay Area from Arizona, where Welts was working as president of the Phoenix Suns. 

Born in Seattle, Welts worked in the NBA front offices from 1982-1999. He is widely credited for the creation of the league’s All-Star Weekend and handled the marketing campaign for USA basketball’s 1992 “Dream Team” featuring Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and a cast of champions. 


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