In order to wed, the couple flew from their Honolulu, Hawaii home to Seattle, Wash. to be married on Jan. 15. Gay marriage became legal in Washington state in December, last month.
The couple first met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter; they've been together for 38 years.
Nabors said that has been open with co-workers and friends about his sexuality, but this is the first time he has announced it to the media. It follows closely the coming out of actress Jodie Foster, who announced her homosexuality at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month.
I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody. 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.In terms of activism, Nabors said he would not become involved in LGBT issues.
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.Nabors became an a star when he joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in the spring of 1963. The character of Gomer Pyle (embedded video of him with one of his familiar quotes, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”) became so popular that in 1964 CBS spun the character off in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
The new show lasted five seasons, and moved Gomer from his hometown of Mayberry -- where he pumped gas at a service station -- to become a Marine recruit. His innocent country attitude annoyed his sergeant, Sgt. Carter (Frank Sutton).
He also starred in the "Jim Nabors Hour," a variety TV series he hosted that aired on CBS from 1969 to 1971.