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Jim McGreevey and Eliot Spitzer Discuss NY's Marriage Equality Decision and the Future of Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey appeared on CNN's In the Arena with former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer (both, interestingly, resigned amid sex scandals) last night and discussed the NY marriage equality victory and whether it is a sign that the tide has turned on gay rights in America. He also discussed politicians whose positions are lagging on the issue:

"I think 10 years ago what Gov. Christie said was the norm by Democrats and Republicans and I think that will change," McGreevey said. "I think Gov. Christie, or whoever's governor across this nation, they will catch up with the decency of the American public."

And of President Obama, the former governor stated in a reference to the first lady, "If only he would listen to Michelle more often." The president stopped short of using the term "marriage" while endorsing equal rights for same-sex couples at a fundraiser late Thursday, but affirmed, "I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in this country."

Now that the state of New York has legalized same-sex marriage, McGreevey admitted that he, too, is tempted to get married - but will wait until it is legal in his home state.

It was unclear whether McGreevey knows something about Michelle Obama and same-sex marriage that the general public doesn't, but she has never publicly come out for it.

McGreevey also addressed shame, something that drove him to closet himself for years, and notes how it is lacking in the younger generation, a fact which will propel equality. McGreevey, currently a divinity school student studying to be an Episcopal priest, also discussed how religious bigots manipulate the Bible to perpetuate homophobia.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. CNN couldn't have found another spokesman other than a disgraced governor to speak to another disgraced governor who cheated on both their wives to talk about marriage and marriage equality? Spitzer impresses me with his questions and I find myself watching him more often than not. However, McGreevey would be someone I wouldn't want being the spokesman for our community on this issue. Sadly, the media call on him time and again because of his scandalous lure. The counterpoint to McGreevey was worse than Tony Perkins in his obvious bigotry and rancor. Overall, this was a disappointing segment.

    Posted by: Sean | Jun 28, 2011 10:56:30 AM


  2. Really!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 28, 2011 11:05:24 AM


  3. That man does not speak for me.

    Posted by: MT | Jun 28, 2011 1:53:14 PM


  4. Eliot Spitzer is a very cool guy, interested in everything, compelling to watch, highly intelligent and just plain fun. Mcgreevey made many good points here...so come on, forget about their past and the public passion to leer and pass judgement. Only now really matters.

    Posted by: uffda | Jun 29, 2011 2:25:08 AM


  5. James Edward McGreevey IS SEXY. PERIOD. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FORMER GOVERNOR SEEMS TO BE UNABLE TO FIND INNER PEACE. HE HAS (OR, HAD) A HANDSOME PARTNER - Mark O'Donnell; YET, HE IS UNABLE TO BE HAPPY WITH WHAT "HE'S GOT." SINCE HIS COLLEGE YEARS HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO BECOME A PRIEST. ACCORDING TO ONLINE REPORTS, HE HAS FACED "ROADBLOCKS" ON HIS CLERICAL QUEST, BUT REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRIESTHOOD IS NOT RIGHT FOR HIM. IN REFERENCE TO "gay-rights" ADVOCACY, THE FORMER GOVERNOR'S DECEPTIVE PAST RUINS HIS CREDIBILITY. I HOPE THE FORMER GOVERNOR CAN FIND VOCATIONAL FULFILLMENT IN AN AREA WHICH TRULY FITS HIS TRUE TALENTS. BEST WISHES, SIR - I SINCERLY MEAN THAT.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 3, 2012 9:04:54 AM


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