Golly, I do! Jim Nabors marries longtime partner
January 30, 2013 11:10AM
Actor and singer Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on May 24, 2009. | Darron Cummings~AP
This post may have several layers of news for certain people. First, Jim Nabors -- a TV star in the 1960s known for his roles as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." -- is still around. Second, he's gay. (C'mon, watch "Gomer Pyle." Duh.)
Third is the news of the day: Nabors revealed to a TV news station in Hawaii, where he lives, that he recently married his partner of 38 years.
Nabors, 82, and Stan Cadwallader, 64, were wed in Seattle on Jan. 15.
Gay marriage became legal in Washington state in December. Nabors and Cadwallader traveled to Seattle for the ceremony, which was conducted by a judge in a room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
"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, an Alabama native, said he was open about his sexuality while working in Hollywood in the 1960s and '70s, only acknowledging it to the media now.
"I haven't ever made a public spectacle of it. Well, I've known since I was a child, so, come on. It's not that kind of a thing. I've never made a huge secret of it at all," Nabors said.
"This is really no big deal. My friend and I, my partner, we went through all of this 38 years ago. So, I mean, we made our vows and that was it. It was to each other, but nevertheless, we were a couple."