Openly gay playwright Terrence McNally
married his longtime partner Tuesday in Washington, DC.
The pair, who live in New York City,
had a civil union in Vermont seven years ago, The Associated Press
reported, but wanted to marry.
“We want the 'M' word … We don't
like separate but equal,” the 71-year-old playwright said. “We
The ceremony, which took place on the
banks of the Potomac near the Kennedy Center, was witnessed by actors
Tyne Daly, John Glover and Malcolm Gets. All three are starring in
McNally plays running at the Kennedy Center. Rev. George Walker of
the People's Congregational United Church of Christ performed the
Lawyer and Broadway producer Tom
Kirdahy, 46, said it was love at first sight when he met McNally.
He read from a scene in McNally's play
“It is good when two men love as
James and Bartholomew do and we recognize their union,” a gay
Christ-like figure says before pronouncing two apostles married.
“Love each other in sickness and in health.”
New York recognizes legal gay marriages
performed outside the state, but gay and lesbian couples are not
permitted to marry in the Empire State.
The couple has been together nearly a