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On Saturday night, openly gay 44-year-old actor Jim Parsons married Todd Spiewak, his partner of 14 years, at New York City’s Rainbow Room, a restaurant and dance floor located on the 65th floor of Rockerfeller Center.
Parsons first mentioned his relationship with Spiewak in 2010 during his coming out interview with The New York Times. He didn’t mention his partner by name at the time, but three years later, Parsons appeared alongside Spiewak on the red carpet of an award ceremony hosted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). At that ceremony, both men were given the Inspiration Award.
While accepting the award, Parsons said:
“I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love. If we are indeed inspiration to others by simply being who we are and living our lives in the way that feels right to us then we have to thank the same people who help any other couple who continue a successful relationship—our friends and family.”
A year later in an interview with lesbian daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, DeGeneres asked Parsons whether he wanted to get married and he replied, “I don’t know. That’s a hard one. I mean, you get so used to your life as it is that…”
DeGeneres replied, ”But it gets better when you get married, it really does — don’t think that it doesn’t.”
“I don’t not think that it doesn’t,” Parsons replied before eventually saying, “I feel like I haven’t been enthusiastic enough about it and now I feel like I’m a loser for the cause.”
But when he was asked about it again in 2015 on the morning women’s talk show The View, Parsons replied:
“I don’t know. I guess I kind of think so. So much of my adult life, that wasn’t really a possibility, and I have grown more interested in the idea, and certainly supportive of the notion, and if my [getting] married would help the notion in general, even that would be enough to make me want to do it.”
Parson’s wedding came on the heels of the Season 10 finale of CBS’ ongoing geek sitcom Big Bang Theory, a show where Parson plays a Sheldon Cooper, a senior theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology who has a genius level IQ and almost no social skills. In the finale, Cooper proposes to his longtime girlfriend, though whether she accepts or not has been left as a cliffhanger until Season 11.
You can watch the Big Bang Theory proposal below:
(Featured image by via Amber Gress Photograph)