The New York Times broke the news as it covered the “gay marriage” of MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts. ABC Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion will have his own “gay marriage” at the end of the year to avant-garde artist and photographer Rubem Robierb.
“We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Champion said in the romantic/political spirit. Mr. Robierb corrected him: “We’ll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami.” They watched California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom perform the Roberts ceremony beside a hotel rooftop pool:
Gavin Newsom...officiated after becoming a Universal Life minister for the event. Both grooms wore navy Ted Baker suits, each of their mothers read poetry, and the music afterward was almost loud enough to rival [the 1990s nightclub] Twilo in its heyday.
Openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon and Meghan McCain were also pictured in the Times account of the ceremony.
ABC's own story on the announcement was loaded up with well wishes from colleagues at ABC News via Twitter:
ABC News' President Ben Sherwood (@SherwoodBen) tweeted Congratulations @SamChampion & Rubem Robeirb -- thrilled for both of you -- wishing the very best.
George Stephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos): So happy for you @SamChampion – A big family hug from me, @AliEWentworth and the girls!
Josh Elliot (@JoshElliottABC): Congrats, to the best friend and colleague imaginable....
Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer): and everybody here celebrating Sam's happiness
Dan Abrams (@danabrams): Congrats to @samchampion on his upcoming wedding! Nice to see great things happen to great people.
Bill Ritter (@billritter7): l@SamChampion love you sammy.. mazel tov!
ABC News 7 anchor Liz Cho (@LizCho7): Mazel Tov! So thrilled for you and Rubem.
Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga): Congratulations Sam!!
John Berman (@johnsberman ): Mazel Tov!! All the best 2 u both!
Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts): Hey @SamChampion congrats to YOU and Rubem - can't wait to dance at your wedding. Love ya buddy!