Ousted Anchor Charlie Perez Is Ditching Florida – to Marry in Connecticut


If Miami television network WPLG doesn’t want fired anchor Charlie Perez (even with their faggy logo), and Florida as a whole doesn’t want Charlie Perez, then Charlie Perez doesn’t want any of them. He’s leaving. For Connecticut. And he’s going to marry his partner there. This month.

Ousted from the network for allegedly being, uh, too gay, Perez, 46, is now decamping from Florida — a state that bans gays from marrying or adopting — entirely. He’s packing things up and heading to Connecticut, where The Gay Marriage is perfectly legal, to marry muscle-y accountant Keith Rinehard.

“We just want to be normal people and not work in places where they say `Don’t have kids, don’t get married,'” says Perez. “On Friday, the 25th, we’re going to Westport, Conn. Saturday we’re going house shopping. And Sunday we’re getting married on the beach — in linen and flip-flops.”

Love it.

Though they still haven’t figured out what to do about Rinehard’s job, which remains in Florida. (“We’re playing it by ear,” says the 41-year-old Rinehard.)

Let’s just hope they live happily ever after … unlike Perez’s last relationship.