Thomas Roberts and new husband talk about the road to their NYC wedding

The MSNBC news anchor and Patrick Abner have been together for 12 years

Thomas Roberts and new husband talk about the road to their NYC wedding
05 October 2012

A profile in The New York Times on MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and his new husband, Patrick Abner, was initially overshadowed by a paragraph deep in the story where Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion not only comes out publicly, but announces that he is getting married.

But the profile, to be published in the Sunday (7 October) newspaper but already available online, focuses mainly on how this handsome couple celebrated their dream wedding last weekend in New York City after 12 years of togetherness.

Roberts says the wedding was all he ever hoped for an more.

‘We’re so lucky that we get to do this,’ he says. ‘It blows my mind. … All of my favorite people, all of the greatest influences in my life, family and friends, in one room. It’s incredible.’

Adds Abner: ‘I never imagined in a million years that I would be on a stage kissing my male partner, spouse – husband – in front of my father. I never thought that would be the case. And to be able to do that and have not just my father but my whole family be proud of me, that’s something special.’

The couple reflected on the many bumps in the road throughout the years including many career-related geographical challenges that had them living apart at times as well as Roberts being fired from the syndicated entertainment show The Insider and bringing to justice the parish priest who had molested Roberts when he was a kid in Baltimore.

‘It hasn’t always been easy,’ Abner says.

But he was smitten from the start.

“Every time I turned around he was doing something thoughtful,’ he says of Roberts. ‘I knew this was the person who was going to be there no matter what. Security is a big thing for me. It’s one of my issues, but Thomas provided that on top of the attraction that we had for each other.’

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