Sam Champion, the weather anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” said Friday that he planned to marry his fiancé, Rubem Robierb, at the end of the year.
Mr. Champion first mentioned his plans in a New York Times story about another couple’s wedding. It marked his first public statement about his sexuality.
Mr. Champion is the first co-host of a network morning television show to publicly identify as gay. He is expected to talk about his upcoming wedding on Monday’s “G.M.A.”
In a statement on ABCNews.com, Mr. Champion said Friday, “We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes.”
The acknowledgment of Mr. Champion’s sexual orientation came a few months after Anderson Cooper, the CNN host, went public with his sexual orientation through an e-mail message to the blogger Andrew Sullivan. A number of other public figures have gone public with their relationships this year in seemingly casual ways, reflecting (and perhaps accelerating) public acceptance of gays and lesbians.
Mr. Champion’s sexual orientation was no secret to the staff of “G.M.A.,” nor to his colleagues and competitors in the media industry. He exuberantly showed off his engagement ring to colleagues the day after becoming engaged and brought Mr. Robierb to parties with fellow co-hosts. But he didn’t speak publicly about it.