Nabors on Marrying Partner: ’Just Wanted it Legal’
Actor Jim Nabors says marrying his longtime male partner doesn’t change anything about their relationship - he just wanted it to be formally acknowledged.
"I just wanted it legal," the 82-year-old actor best known as Gomer Pyle in "The Andy Griffith Show" told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Nabors married 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader in Seattle on Jan. 15. Nabors says they have been partners for 38 years.
Nabors said they flew from Honolulu just for the short ceremony and were married in a hotel room by a judge friend who drove up from Olympia, Wash.
Nabors said he’s not an activist but feels strongly that gay marriage should be a right for everyone.
"I think every person on this earth has a choice of who they want to spend their life with," he said.
News of Nabors’ marriage was first reported by Hawaii News Now. Nabors told Hawaii News Now he’s been open about being gay with co-workers and friends but hadn’t acknowledged it to the media before. He said he’s not ashamed of people knowing, he just didn’t tell people because it was "such a personal thing."