Actor Jim Nabors believes marriage should be a right for everyone.

The star of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. married his partner Stan Cadwallader, a former firefighter, in Seattle. According to the Honolulu-based Hawaii News Now, the men, who live in Hawaii, have been together 38 years.

Nabors, 82, and Cadwallader, 64, married in a private ceremony held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on January 15, just a few weeks after Washington state legalized such unions. The men were issued a marriage license on December 22, The New York Times reported.

Nabors told the AP that he's not an activist but feels strongly that everyone should have the right to marry.

“I just wanted it legal,” Nabors said. “I think every person on this Earth has a choice of who they want to spend their life with.”

Nabors added in remarks to Hawaii News Now that he has never been closeted.

“I haven't ever made a public spectacle of it,” he said. “Well, I've known since I was a child, so, come on. It's not that kind of a thing. I've never made a huge secret of it at all.”