Lily Tomlin may wed lifelong partner
Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin has told E! News she and her partner of 42 years, writer Jane Wagner are considering tying the knot.
The couple met in 1971 and started dating shortly afterwards. The 73 year old told E! "You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice."
Tomlin has not always been in favour of gay marriage, last year she told Between the Lines 'I was hoping the gay community would come up with a better idea than imitating heterosexual marriage."
It’s a comment she now describes as “flippant” saying, "I guess if we had any kids, it would mean something more. Neither of us is religious, so that means nothing to us. I'm proud and happy for it, for people who want to be married. I suppose symbolically it would've been nice if we had gotten married for anybody who's interested."
With the overturning of Proposition 8 and DOMA, Tomlin says marriage is now a possibility for the couple.
“Jane and I have been together for 42 years,” Tomlin said on Monday at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pre-Emmy Performers Peer Group reception. “You didn’t think that would happen. It’s pretty remarkable.”
“Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very very happy about it.”
When asked if they would have a traditional ceremony, Tomlin quipped, “No rings, no bridal dresses. Maybe we’ll be dressed like chickens.”
When the pair first met, Tomlin confesses it was love at first sight.
She told Metro Weekly “Frankly, I was pretty taken with her as soon as I saw her. We just sort of clicked. We became a couple right away.”