Happy Father's Day all.
Katherine Patrick walked into the kitchen, told her parents to stop what they were doing, and asked her aunt to leave the room....
"I'm a lesbian," she told them.
Her mother, expecting terrible news, nearly burst out laughing, a sense of relief coming over her.
Her father wrapped her in a bear hug and said, "Well, we love you no matter what."
Katherine Patrick, 18, said she told her father [Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick] and her mother, Diane Patrick, of her sexual orientation July 3, 2007 -- about three weeks after the Legislature rejected an anti-gay-marriage amendment to the state constitution. Patrick, who supports gay marriage, lobbied lawmakers to block the amendment from reaching the ballot.
"For someone so publicly to fight for something that doesn't even affect him was just like, 'That's my dad,' you know?"