The wedding ceremony between the MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner, his gay partner for 12 years, was held on Saturday, September 29 at the Gansevoort Park Hotel in Manhattan. The wedding was administered by Gavin Newsom, one of the leading allies of gay marriage, who is the ex-Mayor of San Fransisco and recent Lt. Governor of California.
Among the guests were MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and some anchors such as Tamron Hall and Chris Jansing. Country star Chely Wright also came to the wedding ceremony and sang a special song for the couple. Also attending the party were "Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion, Nate Berkus who is the host of daytime television host and an American interior designer, as well as Carson Kressley, a fashion expert on "Queer Eye".
Soon after the wedding, Roberts expressed his happiness in Facebook and Twitter. Attaching a photo of his hand adorned with a wedding ring on one of his fingers, Roberts updated his status in both social features on September 30 with the same message, "Morning in NYC is pretty sweet waking up as a married man!"
The ceremony got a special attention as Roberts is the first cable news anchor to have a gay matrimony. Previously, Roberts hoped to marry in Los Angeles, but he couldn't do it because state legislation Proposition 8 outlawing same sex marriage was passed in California four years ago.
Even though he's now happily married, Roberts who used to be the anchor of "CNN Headline News" refused to be an example for others to have gay weddings. "I am a reluctant role model because I will fail," he told the New York Observer.