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New Documentary on Jim 'I am a Gay American' McGreevey, by Alexandra Pelosi: VIDEO

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Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra, known for her documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard, has now completed another on former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, and they spoke about it this weekend with George Stephanopoulos.

A Fall to Grace airs Thursday on HBO.

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Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey Has Given Up Quest for Priesthood, Wants to Get Married

The Daily Beast sits down with former NJ Governor Jim "I am a gay American" McGreevey, who muses on New Jersey politics — Chris Christie's presidential ambitions, and Cory Booker's senate ambitions. He also reveals that after an initial rejection from the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in his bid for the priesthood back in April, he has given those ambitions up:

Mcgreevey"For me, being gay—and the [Catholic] Church had taught—was 'abominable sin.' It was worthy of hell," McGreevey says, explaining why he fled the religion of his Irish-Catholic upbringing. "That's also what's sad about me and my friends who are Catholic, whether they're gay or straight, or straight and divorced. It's just that religion and faith ought to be a place of support, of nurturing, of transcendence, as opposed to condemnation … In many ways, religion can become paternalistic, regimental, rigid, patriarchal, and be stifling as opposed to ennobling." As for his ambition to be a priest, "for now," McGreevey says, "I've put that up on the shelf."

And despite the hell he was dragged through in his divorce with ex-wife Dina, he wants to marry again:

McGreevey and O'Donnell would like the option of marriage, but "we don't have gay marriage in New Jersey," McGreevey says—because last February, his friend Chris Christie vetoed the bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage.

"I look forward to the day when marriage is accepted fully," McGreevey says. "There ought not be gradations of marriage; all persons ought to be treated equally. We passed domestic partnership when I was governor [and in the closet]. I was not publicly in favor of gay marriage then … But there can't be one status for straight America and a lesser status for gay America … My sense is that the public is far ahead of the political class, and especially for the next generation, it's a yawn. The shelf life of those who would oppose it is diminishing rapidly."


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.

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Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey Rejected in Initial Bid for Priesthood 'for Being a Jackass'

Former NJ Governor Jim "I am a gay American" McGreevey has had his initial bid for the priesthood rejected by church leaders, the NY Post reports:

Mcgreevey Church leaders, who have long embraced gay parishioners and clergy, were bothered by McGreevey's bitter divorce, sources told The Post.

"It was not being gay but for being a jackass -- [McGreevey] didn't come out of the whole divorce looking good," said a source with the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

Some leaders also were wary of McGreevey's sudden embrace of their faith after his scandal and feared the church was being used, the source added.

After resigning as governor, "he was sort of looking for every angle to make a complete redo of his professional life," said another church source. "He ran to the church for some kind of cover, which isn't fully appropriate. Even if he's a good guy, he should wait five to 10 years to get over his issues."

McGreevey was apparently told that he needs to go back to the books and study harder or do more charitable work.

It was first reported that McGreevey was looking into the priesthood in May 2007.

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Watch: Dan Savage and Jim McGreevey Discuss the Damage Done by Anti-Gay Political Rhetoric with Joy Behar

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Dan Savage and former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey joined Joy Behar to discuss how anti-gay political and religious rhetoric damages young people.

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McGreevey Ex-Wife Comes Out Against Marriage Equality

Speaking for the desperate housewives of New Jersey, former NJ governor Jim McGreevey's ex-wife Dina Matos, told a crowd at the Zonta Club in Mountain Lakes that the legislature was right to reject marriage equality:

Dina “We have the civil union law in place, which I think is wonderful. I was raised a Catholic. I grew up in the church, so I believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman."

Added Matos: "There are at least two million marriages that break up each year because one of the spouses come out of the closet. You don’t understand unless you live it. When you’re living with someone who has a secret, they take every measure possible to hide it."

What Matos apparently failed to convey to the crowd was that if homosexuality was more accepted in society (i.e. marriage equality), it would spare untold amounts of marriages doomed because the husband is in the closet but suddenly realizes he wants to be openly gay, and after coming out subjects his ex-spouse to years of self doubt.

Ahem.


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