Actor-comedian Lily Tomlin and her partner Jane Wagner are considering getting married.

“Jane and I have been together for 42 years,” Tomlin told E! Online's Marc Malkin at a pre-Emmy event. “We're thinking maybe we'll get married.”

“You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very happy about it,” she added.

California became the 13th state to legalize gay marriage after Proposition 8, the state's 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, was struck down as unconstitutional in June. Tomlin said its demise got the couple thinking about getting hitched.

“No rings, no bridal dresses,” she said. “Maybe we'll be dressed like chickens.”

In 2006, Tomlin told gay weekly Metro Weekly that it was love at first sight: “Frankly, I was pretty taken with her as soon as I saw her. We just sort of clicked. We became a couple right away.”

Tomlin and Wagner, a writer, have collaborated on various projects.

(Related: Lily Tomlin credits Ellen DeGeneres with gay acceptance in Hollywood.)