We’re sure you guys are positively itching to hear what gay American Jim McGreevey has to say about New Jersey’s marriage ruling. We were, too, until the gay gods sent us this article from The New York Times.
In it, McGreevey says that although he has no immediate plans to marry his boyfriend, he would love to walk down the aisle sometime in the future. “Marriage would offer the ability to bless our relationship in a committed way.”
Sure, we want McGreevey to be happy and live his life, but we must say that we dread the day when his face once again peers out from every scores of magazine covers. We barely survived the publicity blitz over his book, The Confession. The idea of having to go through all of that’s more painful than having a crystal encrusted phone thrown at our heads.
October 26, 2006
An ‘I Do’ From McGreevey? He Would.
By DAVID W. CHEN
TRENTON, Oct. 25 – Yes, he would.
That was the reaction of former Gov. James E. McGreevey when asked on Wednesday whether he would marry his partner if the New Jersey Legislature – in the aftermath of the State Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals – decides that gay marriage will be honored.
After gathering his thoughts, Mr. McGreevey said that while he had no plans to marry his partner immediately, he did feel that a ceremony would be in his future.
“Yes,” said Mr. McGreevey, who now lives in Plainfield with Mark O’Donnell, an Australian businessman. “Marriage would offer the ability to bless our relationship in a committed way.”
Beyond discussing his own plans, Mr. McGreevey, 49, also predicted that the ruling would have a major effect on young people struggling with social mores and sexuality, much as he did while growing up.
“What it means, personally to me, for my partner, traveling around the country, talking to gay youth, is the basic notion that when the court embraces the constitutionality of gay marriage, there’s a fundamental understanding that gay relationships are quote, unquote, as good as straight relationships,” he said.
Mr. McGreevey acknowledged that he was a “gay American” when he resigned as governor in 2004. And in his best-selling memoir, “The Confession,” he discussed the lengths to which he went to mask the fact that he was gay for four decades.
When he was governor, Mr. McGreevey opposed same-sex marriage, although he did support domestic partnership legislation that was approved in 2004. He said he now regrets his lack of initiative then.
“I only wish I had had the fortitude to embrace this basic right when I was governor,” he said.
As for marrying Mr. O’Donnell, 43, his partner since September 2005, friends said that there were certain considerations. First of all, they said, Mr. McGreevey would have to be legally divorced from Dina Matos, his second wife.