Jim Nabors, the 84-year-old actor who played the character Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and on his own "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." show, married his male partner, Stan Cadwallader, 64, in a ceremony in Seattle, Washington.

According to the Associated Press, the two men traveled from their home in Honolulu, Hawaii and were married on January 15 after 38 years of partnership. Same sex marriage became legal in the state of Washington on December 6, 2012.

Nabors and Cadwallader met in 1975 when Cadwallader was working as a Honolulu firefighter. The actor said that he has always been open with friends and coworkers about his orientation, but the announcement of his marriage was his first open acknowledgment to the media.

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