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New York Times > McGreevey Describes 'Intensely Personal Decision' in Speech

New York Times > New York Region > McGreevey Describes 'Intensely Personal Decision' in Speech: "August 12, 2004
McGreevey Describes 'Intensely Personal Decision' in Speech
By CHRISTINE HAUSER

With his wife at his side, Gov. James E. McGreevey announced today that he is gay and would resign out of concern over the impact on the New Jersey governor's office of his disclosure of a sexual relationship with a man.
``My truth is, I am a gay American,'' Mr. McGreevey said in a short speech that was televised live from Trenton.
``I engaged in an adult consensual affair with another man,'' he said, adding that ``it was wrong, it was foolish, it was inexcusable'' and that it violated the bonds of his marriage.
Mr. McGreevey said he was making the intensely personal announcement that he is gay known for the first time in a public statement because he feared that keeping silent would open up the governor's office to rumors, accusations and threats. ``So I am removing these threats by telling you directly about my sexuality,'' he said.
``I have decided the right course of action is to resign,'' he said, adding that his resignation would be effective on Nov. 15. "

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