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Nabors on marrying partner: 'Just wanted it legal'

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:17 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013


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" said today.

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."

The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter.

Nabors told the AP that Cadwallader began working for him long ago and took care of his business affairs.

"He's my best friend," Nabors said.

Nabors became an instant success when he joined "The Andy Griffith Show" in spring 1963. The character of Gomer Pyle — the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim "Gollllll-ly!" — proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."

In the spinoff, which lasted five seasons, Gomer left his hometown of Mayberry to become a Marine recruit. His innocence confounded his sergeant, the irascible Frank Sutton.

Gay marriage became legal in Washington state last month. Several other states allow it, but Nabors said he picked Washington because he didn't want to travel too far from his Hawaii home.

"I like the weather," he said. "Still, I froze my butt off there."







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DowntownGreen wrote:
Congratulations! One day your marriage may actually be recognized as a marriage nation-wide.
on January 30,2013 | 12:30PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Well, let's see, Jim Nabors got married. So I am to believe that because of same sex marriage, the institution of marriage will somehow be diminished and the morals collapse of our country is at hand. Okay, I called by wife and I am pleased to inform you that our marriage is still going strong, nothing has changed, and the moral standing of our great country remains intact. God bless America! Congratulations to Jim and Stan.
on January 30,2013 | 12:38PM
inverse wrote:
Why did'nt Nabors get a civil union in Hawaii? At the very least I hope he has his honeymoon on Maui, the Big Island or Kauai. Not good public relations if Nabors has to fly to the mainland to get married and have his honeymoon
on January 30,2013 | 12:50PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
If he didn't register for a Civil Union in Hawaii previously, now that he is legally married in Washington, his Civil Union in Hawaii is automatic.
on January 30,2013 | 02:26PM
thanks4reading wrote:
hawaii would make a ton of money if we legalized gay marriage.
on January 30,2013 | 01:22PM
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