More on Governor Paterson’s decision:
When David A. Paterson was growing up and his parents would go out of town, he and his little brother would stay in Harlem with family friends they called Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald.
Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald were a gay couple, though in the 1960s few people described them that way. They helped young David with his spelling, and read to him and played cards with him.
â€œApparently, my parents never thought we were in any danger,â€ the governor recalled on Thursday in an interview. â€œI was raised in a culture that understood the different ways that people conduct their lives. And I feel very proud of it.â€