Suddenly Jim Nabors Is Gay and Married

Jim Nabors is gaaaaaaay? I haven’t been this shocked since I found out that Victor Garber was gay. You know, two weeks ago. And by "shocked," I mean, well, I guess my brain was like, "What a second?" and then everything switched back to normal. Jim Nabors is gay. Gomer Pyle. So what, who cares. Good for him. Now that you mention it, I guess it does make a little bit of sense, huh?

But the bigger news is that Jim Nabors, gay man, married his partner, Stan Cadwallader, on January 15 in Seattle. The couple, who have been together for 38 years, wed in a civil ceremony in Seattle, Washington, where same-sex marriage was legalized and went into effect on January 6. 

"I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed," said Nabors. "And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy."

Before they legally tied the knot, "It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years," said Nabors, who in 1994 underwent a liver transplant, "I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something. And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do." 

The two met in 1975, when Cadwallader, now 64, was a Honolulu fire fighter, said Nabors. 

Despite his recent nuptials, Nabors insists he’s not one to take up the issue of gay marriage, saying: "I’m not a debater. And everybody has their own opinion about this, and actually I’m not an activist, so I’ve never gotten involved in any of this."

A Honolulu firefighter? Get it get it, Jim Nabors. In all seriousness, this is incredibly delightful and charming, and it’s lovely that Nabors, who has kept mum on his personal life, feels comfortable enough to share a sliver of it now.

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