Turns out even more people know someone who is gay; including that all important demographic for us, those over 65. Jim Nabors, the actor made famous by his role as Gomer Pyle on TV in the 60s and 70s, recently married his partner of 38 years in Washington State. From Hawaii News Now:
Nabors, 82, said he married his companion of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who’s 64, in Seattle on Jan. 15.
Nabors declined an on-camera interview but spoke to Hawaii News Now by phone.
“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”
Nabors said he and Cadwallader traveled to Washington state, where gay marriages became legal in early December 2012. They were married at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
A judge performed the marriage ceremony in the privacy of their hotel room with a couple of friends who live down the street from them near Diamond Head as witnesses, Nabors said.
In the interview, Nabors said that friends and coworkers knew he was gay, but the media and general public did not. My, how times have changed!
It’s public annoucements like this that provide private affirmation for those Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender folks who still may still be struggling with whether to come out or not. This also helps to put a public face that more folks can identify with, straight or gay, about who we are.