Gay Daughter No Problem for Mass. Governor

Dem Patrick hailed for 'powerful statement,' keeping drama-free
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2008 2:23 PM CDT
Deval Patrick smiles as walks toward the podium at the start of a community meeting in this April 24, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – For some politicians—Dick Cheney, say, or Alan Keyes—a gay daughter might be a major inconvenience. But the public coming-out yesterday of Katherine Patrick, daughter of supportive Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, is being praised as a "very powerful statement" by gay-rights groups, and the low-key nature of how Katherine Patrick's sexuality was made public—in a Massachusetts GLBT weekly—was hailed for its sensibility.

Deval Patrick will march with his daughter tomorrow in the Boston Pride parade, the Globe reports—but the Democrat did that before Katherine came out, too. “I think it's great,” said one MassEquality executive. “He fought his hardest for our community before he knew his daughter was a part of it. He and Diane are the parents that every gay kid dreams of having.”