Sam Champion Engaged: 'GMA' Weather Anchor Comes Out, Plans To Marry Rubem Robierb

10/05/2012 03:43 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Exciting news for "Good Morning America" personality Sam Champion -- he's set to tie the knot with longtime boyfriend Rubem Robierb later this year.

The New York Times broke the news of the weather anchor's engagement Oct. 5 subtly, in a story about MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts' wedding to Patrick Abner, which took place Sept. 29 in New York. “We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Champion, 51, told the Times.

Added Robierb, a Brazilian-born photographer: “We’ll do it [in New York] officially, and then have a party in Miami.”

In what could be seen as the continuation in a trend of public figures subtly coming out, the Times also reports that it was Champion's first public acknowledgement of his sexuality.

Among those to congratulate Champion and Robierb was GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "Sam has been a good friend and longtime supporter of GLAAD, and I wish him and Rubem the absolute best," Graddick said in a statement.

The ABC News blog quoted Champion as saying, “We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes."

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