Fired Anchor Perez Moving to Connecticut, Plans Marriage

By Andrew Gauthier 

Miami Herald

Fired WPLG-ABC 10 news anchor Charles Perez and his boyfriend, Miami accountant Keith Rinehard, are leaving Florida for Connecticut–where they’ll marry on Sept. 27.

The Sunshine State is too chilly for a gay couple in love, Perez says.


“We just want to be normal people and not work in places where they say ‘Don’t have kids, don’t get married,'” says Perez, 46. “On Friday, the 25th, we’re going to Westport, Conn. Saturday we’re going house shopping. And Sunday we’re getting married on the beach–in linen and flip-flops.”

Connecticut is one of four states where same-sex couples can currently wed.

WPLG bumped Perez from the weeknight anchor seat in July, saying the change was a cost-cutting measure. Perez then filed a discrimination suit against the Post-Newsweek station, claiming Channel 10 demoted him because of his sexual orientation. More…