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Thomas Roberts Interviews PA Mayor John Fetterman, Who Married Gay Couple This Week: VIDEO


MSNBC's Thomas Roberts spoke with Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman, who this week defied the state's ban on same-sex marriage and married his constituents John Kandray and Bill Gray:

“It’s an act of civil disobedience,” said Fetterman on MSNBC Thursday. The message to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, he said, referencing President Reagan’s iconic challenge to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, is:  “Mr. Corbett, tear down this law.”


“The legality of it really doesn’t concern me,” said Fetterman, in reference to the fact that neither the state, nor the federal government currently recognizes the marriage he performed on Monday. “I think it’s the message that it sends. And I think Pennsylvania is at a place now where we need to remove this from our constitution.”


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  1. Thomas Roberts is so hot.

    Posted by: SamIam | Aug 8, 2013 2:33:19 PM

  2. All due respect to Mayor Fetterman, but I don't think Pennsylvania has a Constitutional ban on marriage equality as many states do. The Commonwealth's ban is simply a statute, the repeal of which doesn't require any changes to the Constitution.

    Posted by: Jere | Aug 8, 2013 2:34:06 PM

  3. Genuine thanks Mayor Fetterman! Now eat a vegetable before its too late.

    Posted by: whitneyisadude | Aug 8, 2013 2:50:24 PM

  4. Is Thomas Roberts a reporter or has he become an advocate pretending to be a reporter?

    Posted by: Connor | Aug 8, 2013 2:56:04 PM

  5. Sending huge amount of LOVE to Mayor Fetterman.
    And always to Thomas Roberts.

    Posted by: JONES | Aug 8, 2013 2:56:08 PM

  6. "Legality doesn't concern him." Obviously his weight doesn't either. Of course pretty boy Roberts can overlook anything.

    Posted by: GEE | Aug 8, 2013 3:00:31 PM

  7. If kicked out of office over this, he can certainly start a career in pro wrestling.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 8, 2013 3:14:54 PM

  8. Oh look at all of the fat comments directed towards someone who supports gay folks. So classy.

    Gavin Newsom did this in San Francisco back in 2004 and that started the ball rolling and now, nine years later, same sex marriage is legal in California. One can hope that something similar occurs in Pennsylvania.

    Posted by: jht | Aug 8, 2013 3:37:48 PM

  9. @JHT - Thank you for pointing out the absurdity of people being offended by his weight. Seriously the only difference between NOM/One Million Moms/a lot of religions/political conservatives on the one hand and some of us on the other hand is the choice of a target. They think gay is an abomination and a disgusting disgrace - some of us think fat is an abomination and a disgusting disgrace. He's big - that's irrelevant.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 8, 2013 4:27:35 PM

  10. Mayor John Fetterman is 6'8", 350 pounds. He's about 35. There's a lot more muscle than fat on him. He was able to deal with the kids who belong to gangs in Braddock without carrying a gun. He would just ask the boys -- teenagers a third of his size -- to reason together and they would decide to listen to him.

    He's a big man trying to change the world by being a local politician and do-gooder in a small, very depressed town. He uses his size and his Harvard degree to get publicity about Braddock. He's been on TV talking about turning the town around.

    Posted by: BigGuy | Aug 8, 2013 6:31:34 PM

  11. It's fantastic to see Fetterman out in front on this, and honestly, it doesn't surprise me that much. Braddock is a poor town that all-but collapsed after the loss of the steel industry and a local insurance company pulling out to move to a more profitable suburb.

    You may also remember Fetterman from the late night shows, he was making the rounds as he took over the mayor's office for the work he was doing trying to save the city, which culminated in Levi's shooting two of their "Walt Whitman" commercials in town (and hiring the citizens, feeding the community and leaving behind all the wardrobe).

    Braddock has a long ways to go, but it's recovering, and it's so great to see Fetterman leading that, not just economically, but also in terms of equality and justice.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2013 6:33:01 PM

  12. This Mayor clearly has a great future ahead, if he chooses.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 8, 2013 6:56:43 PM

  13. Mayor John is amazing, and there's a lot about him, and of him, to love.

    And, unlike most people remarking about his notable stature, I would not be too chickenshit to say as such to his face.

    Posted by: BabyCakes | Aug 8, 2013 6:57:39 PM

  14. Ah, but everyone here makes fun of Maggie "the cow" Gallagher and Chris "Crispy Creme" Christie.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 8, 2013 7:11:21 PM

  15. Let's hear your "Christie 2016" comments. Respectful...not so much.
    Only bum riders can tell you fat is okay.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 8, 2013 10:10:08 PM

  16. Idiots commenting on his weight have self-image issues of their own. Huge THANKS to this mayor for doing the right thing!

    Posted by: Reality | Aug 8, 2013 11:39:14 PM

  17. Kudos to Fetterman. He is a big man. He's big on DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE! Thank you Mr. Fetterman! Sometimes it takes a big man like you to be out front in your community.
    Making a positive change where you can is better than a bunch of bloggers writing crap about others trying to bring change for the greater good.
    Can we as gay people get over the appearances of other people? We spout off on how we don't care for heterosexuals to judge us and then a moment later we are doing the same thing!
    Remain calm folks, I'm going to go out and clean up some litter in my neighborhood now.

    Posted by: JT | Aug 9, 2013 1:49:07 PM

  18. the trolls commenting on his weight are conservative republicans who troll on this site. gays completely love and support this mayor. we have trolls on this site commenting. that's all.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 10, 2013 3:25:05 AM

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