MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts next month
will become the first cable news anchor to marry a person of the same
Roberts will marry Patrick Abner, of
Merck Pharmaceuticals' HIV/AIDS division, next month in Manhattan.
The pair have been together 12 years and announced their engagement
via Twitter on June 25, 2011, one day after gay marriage was
legalized in New York.
Roberts, 39, who came out gay in 2006,
does not believe his marriage will hurt his career at MSNBC, because
he makes no claims to objectivity.
“I am not objective when it comes to
equality,” he told The
New York Observer. “And that means for all. I want it for
you, for me, for everybody … It's written in the our Constitution:
life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what's wrong with talking
about that? Nothing.”
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