The setting was the rooftop of Manhattan’s Gansevoort Hotel on Park Ave. as MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts married his longtime partner, Patrick Abner, in New York City over the weekend.
The couple exchanged their vows in a ceremony Saturday (29 September) performed by Gavin Newsom, the Lieutenant Governor of California and former San Francisco mayor who in 2004 authorized same-sex marriages in that city which were later annulled.
‘The BEST night ever with Patrick Abner,’ Roberts tweeted after the ceremony. ‘Thanks to the most amazing friends and family.’
Among the friends who attended were Tony Award winning actress Judith Light, country music star Chely Wright, CNN anchor Don Lemon, Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion, television personalities Nate Berkus and Carson Kressley, author Christopher Rice, civil rights activist and best-selling author David Mixner, blogger Meghan McCain and MSNBC anchors Tamron Hall and Chris Jansing.
‘I’ve attended my first legal gay wedding, and it couldn’t have been for a classier couple,’ Rice tweeted after the ceremony.
Mixner also tweeted about the event: ‘Incredibly moving and fun wedding. Having Gavin Newsom Officiate was perfect touch.’
Light, a longtime LGBT and AIDS activist, tweeted: ‘What a night! The world is changing!’
Roberts was back at his MSNBC anchor desk Monday morning.
‘Hoping you get a honeymoon soon,’ he tweeted. ‘Maybe post election.’