The actor best known for playing the TV character Gomer Pyle in the 1960s has married his male partner of 38 years.
Hawaii News Now reports Jim Nabors and his partner, Stan Cadwallader, traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle to be married Jan. 15.
Gay marriage became legal in Washington state last month.
The 82-year-old Nabors says you've got to solidify something when you've been together as long as they have.
The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter. Cadwallader is 64.
Nabors says he's been open about his homosexuality to co-workers and friends but never acknowledged it to the media before.
82, This man had to wait until he was 82 years old before feeling that the world was accepting enough for him to marry the person that he has loved for 37 years. That is just fucking sad on so many levels.
And do you know what?
I bet if Mayberry U.S. had been a real place that they would have gladly accepted their one time mechanic's sexuality and welcomed he and his partner with open arms. No he would not have had to hide who he was to Sheriff Taylor and the gang.
I have to say that almost every day I am reminded of how amazing the times we live in are today, and feel a real sense of sorrow for those who are trying so hard to fight the progress that this country is making.
P.S. By the way Jim Nabors was a liberal even back in the days of Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C as evidence by this clip of the show from the 1970's.