By Nancy Ford
“It was so much more meaningful in the moment for me than I predicted, and it’s been resonantly much more meaningful than for me afterward than I ever saw coming,” he said. “You know, I had been an adult gay person for so long at a time where that wasn’t possible where life was ‘fine’ for me.”
—Big Bang actor, Jim Parsons, on marrying his husband, Todd Spiewak, after they had been together for 15 years. Via People.com
“You don’t really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very, very happy about it..” —Actor/comedian Lily Tomlin, on her lifelong partner and collaborator, Jane Wagner. The two married in 2013. Via BaltimoreSun.com
“Did you know he makes breakfast every morning? I like to sleep. I’ll stay in bed as long as I can. It’s how I stay young.” —Actor/comedian Mario Cantone, referring to his husband, Jerry Dixon. Via FeinstensAtTheNikko.com
“There is no fuss with us. We’re so happy. We’ve been happily in a relationship for 10 years and are looking forward to the next 10.” —Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, on her partner/wife of 12 years, massage therapist Amber Laign. Via DatingAdvice.com
“There was a feeling we could communicate in a very intimate way—very readily. Of course, when you meet someone who knows what you mean when you say something peculiar, you are dazzled by such insight..” —Novelist Christopher Isherwood, speaking of artist Don Bachardy, his partner of 33 years. Via People.com
“I don’t understand why people really get upset about something that doesn’t affect them. And I say, ‘Do you know how many people got married yesterday? Neither do I and I don’t care.’.” —Comedian and actor Wanda Sykes, on marrying her wife, Alex Niedbalski. Via AfterEllen.com
“Once you follow your heart, it’s all of a sudden so easy. I look back on that time and I’m like ‘Oh, my gosh, why was that so difficult to say yes to, like, the greatest life ever?’.” —Stephanie Allynne, who had thought all of her life she was straight, on her wife of two years, comedian Tig Notaro. Via DatingAdvice.com
“She’s basically a short man with boobs. A lot of what I love about her is her butchness. I’m not saying I fell in love with her in a sexually neutral way. I love her sexuality—it’s a big part of what I love about her—but I feel like it was her. My daughter said one time that if you really had to break this down, [it looks like] she would be butch and I would be femme…but really once you get to know us it’s really the opposite..”—Sex and The City actor Cynthia Nixon on her partner, then wife of 14 years, education activist Christine Marinoni. ViaNYDailyNews.com
“We realized that the two of us have the TV disease. Rachel can’t have one because she’d watch it all the time!.” —Artist Susan Mikula, on the television viewing habits of her partner, MSNBC host and author Rachel Maddow. The couple doesn’t own a television. Via HuffingtonPost.com
“When you find happiness outside of basketball, when your personal life is intact, of course, your career is going to fall into place, and it has been like that for me..”—Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star, Seimone Augustus, on her wife, Michelle LaTaya Varner, who is also a WNBA star. Via CBS.news
“She was my best friend for nine years, so it’s an interesting relationship. I’ve never been friends with someone for that long and then entered into a romantic relationship…. This way, she already knows everything.
She’s my friend and it’s really pretty amazing. I’m happier than I’ve ever, ever been.” —Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, on television writer Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie), whom she married in 2014. Via ABCNews.com
“These songs just started to show up when he was born and then it just got really exciting because we were all in the house and all a part of it, all throwing in ideas and making artwork. It was a very sweet experience..” —Actor/talk show host Sara Gilbert regarding collaborating on a children’s album with wife, musician Linda Perry, following the birth of heir son, Rhodes. VianParents.com
“We really only had problems our first year together. Del would leave her shoes in the middle of the room, and I’d throw them out the window.” —Legendary lesbian rights activist, Phyllis Lyon, on her partner, then wife of 46 years, Del Martin. Via WashingtonPost.com.