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Ex-N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey: Gay rights are advancing after his 'train wreck' resignation

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Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey said Thursday his resignation announcement in 2004 was the type of “train wreck” that might not be repeated if legal and political forces continue to make it easier for gay persons to come out publicly.

“I came out of the closet in the messiest of circumstances,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think that what we saw yesterday and the day before, in terms of the Supreme Court, is a very different sense of understanding of where gay rights are in this country.”


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Mr. McGreevey, a Democrat, took office in 2002 and came out as gay two years later in a history-making resignation announcement amid threats of a sexual harassment lawsuit from the Israeli man he had appointed to a homeland security position. It was later revealed that Mr. McGreevey had an affair with the man, Golan Cipel.

The former governor is back in the public eye because of an HBO documentary, “Fall to Grace,” that shadows him as a prison counselor. Mr. McGreevey joked that it will be nice not to have director Alexandra Pelosi’s camera following him anymore, before issuing a serious condemnation of the prison system in America.

“America does so many things right. One of the few blatant things we do very badly is prison. … This is a system that’s broken,” he said on the show.

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