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Thomas Roberts, Patrick Abner to Wed in September
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/08/12
Last updated on: 08/08/12
 
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Thomas Roberts (right) and Patrick Abner at a GLAAD function.

Congratulations to MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and his long-time partner Patrick Abner, who have announced that they will wed in late September in Manhattan.

As reported by Daniel D'Addario in the New York Observer, the couple, who met in 1999 and have been partners since 2000, plan to invite about 150 guests.

In 2005, before he was publicly out, People magazine offered to include Roberts among the publication's "50 Sexiest Bachelors." He turned down the offer: "I'm not a bachelor," he later explained. "I thought it would be false advertising. . . . and I didn't think it would be the right venue to talk about it."

In 2006, however, Roberts appeared as a member of a panel entitled "Off Camera: The Challenge of LGBT TV Anchors" at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association meeting in Miami. He thus became the first out national television news anchor and quickly became a gay celebrity.

With his marriage to Abner, who works as a community liaison for Merck Pharmaceuticals, Roberts will become the first national news anchor in a same-sex marriage, unless, of course, he is beaten to the altar by Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, or Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Roberts admitted to D'Addario that while he attempts to maintain objectivity in his reporting, when it comes to equality, he is not objective. "I want it for you, for me, for everybody . . . It's written in our Constitution: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what's wrong with talking about that? Nothing."

In 2010, in response to the youth suicide crisis, Roberts contributed an "It Gets Better" video in which he mentions both the Trevor Project and the Point Foundation.

 
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