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Gov. James McGreevey, left, leaves the assembly chambers at the Statehouse with his wife, Dina Matos McGreevey, in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price)
The ex-wife of Jim McGreevey, the former New Jersey governor who resigned after admitting to being gay and having an affair with a male employee, has come out against gay marriage, reports The Daily Record.
Dina Matos, who stood by her husband when he came out of the closet announcing he was a “gay American,” told The Daily Record that she is glad the N.J. legislature did not pass last week’s gay marriage bill.
Matos, 43, gave a speech at the Zonta Club in Mountain Lakes, telling the group that she believes marriage should only be between and man and a woman.
The legislature’s bill to legalize gay marriage was pushed quickly to a vote last week in hopes to pass it before republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie takes office Jan. 19. But the bill was defeated 20-14.
Matos also talked about her memoir “Silent Partner,” and the horror she experienced in finding out her husband and father of her daughter was keeping such a huge secret from her.
She said that if she had to do it again, she probably wouldn’t have stood by McGreevey as he confessed his infidelity and homosexuality.
“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,” said Matos.
McGreevey is studying to be an Episcopal priest. He has said that he would marry his partner if it was legal.