They often found themselves separated by hundreds of miles and battling the exhaustion of maintaining a long distance relationship. Their wedding on September 29 on the roof of the upscale Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel was such an even that it inspired ABC's Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion to publicly reveal he is gay and planning to marry his longtime partner. Mr Roberts was a young reporter working for a station in Norfolk, Virginia, when he was introduced to Mr Abner, who was a pharmaceutical sales representative in Charlotte, North Carolina. Roberts recounted to the New York Times. Despite the immediate attraction, they both hesitated about getting into a relationship.
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Thomas Roberts is coming back to the place where his life began to change. It was in Hampton Roads that Roberts met and fell in love with Patrick Abner, and in the WAVY newsroom where he first began privately coming out as gay to his colleagues. He returns this weekend as the nation's most prominent openly gay broadcast journalist. He will be accompanied by Abner, whom he married in September Roberts, 42, said WAVY proved to be "very fertile ground" for him when he decided it was time to talk to his colleagues about his boyfriend. I didn't want to hide him from my co-workers, and I didn't want to hide that part of me. He spent three years at WAVY, anchoring afternoon newscasts alongside Don Roberts and also doing some investigative and consumer reporting.
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A former world No. In a statement , the company said it was discontinuing its sponsorship of Thomas because of his use of the slur, which the company said inconsistent with its values. Read More. Thomas uttered the slur after he missed a par putt during the Sentry Tournament of Champions' third round in Hawaii and his words were caught by television microphones. Justin Thomas apologizes for using 'inexcusable' anti-gay slur.
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