“Gomer Pyle” Actor Jim Nabors Marries Longtime Boyfriend

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

Depending on how old you are, you’re either stunned by the news Jim Nabors has come out, or you’re asking who Jim Nabors is.

Well, back in the 1960s he appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, and then his own sitcom, Gomer Pyle, USMC. In an exclusive with Hawaii News Now, the jovial actor revealed he married his companion of nearly 40 years, Stan Cadwallader, earlier this month.

Though Nabors has long called Hawaii home, the couple went to Washington State, where it’s legal.

“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,” 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 acknowledged that as two men in a relationship, “it’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple,” but says he’s not jumping int othe marriage-equality debate. “I’m not a debater—everybody has their own opinion about this,”he said. “I’m not an activist so I’ve never gotten involved in any of this.”

You don’t have to be an activist to write a check to Equality Hawaii, Jim. Ah, what the heck—congrats to the happy couple!