Lily Tomlin and partner of 42 years thinking about marriage

Lily Tomlin and her partner never thought they’d have the chance to get married. Now that it’s legal, they’re taking their time and deciding if it’s right for them.

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin and her partner Jane Wagner are among the thousands of couples who are now legally allowed to marry, and the actress said they’re thinking about the possibility.

“Jane and I have been together for 42 years,” Tomlin told E! News. “We’re thinking maybe we’ll get married.”

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The Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional, and Proposition 8 was struck down earlier this year, opening the door for same-sex couples to finally (legally) marry in many states. Tomlin said the couple never thought they would have the opportunity.

“You don’t really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice,” the 73-year-old said. “Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very very happy about it.”

Tomlin and Wagner, a writer, met in 1971 and began dating shortly after they met, and have been together ever since.

The actress is not trying to rush into anything, even though the couple has been together so long, because she wants it to be on her terms. Just last year she told Between the Lines that she wasn’t sure whether they would get married if it were legalized.

“With the concept of marriage, I’ve been a little too flippant and I’ve said things like, ‘I was hoping the gay community would come up with a better idea than imitating heterosexual marriage,'” she said. “But no, I know plenty of people who married and who are pleased about it and are happy. 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.”

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Tomlin has never promoted her sexuality to the public. According to the Huffington Post, she was offered the cover of Time magazine in 1975 if she were to come out, but she said she wasn’t “interested in being typed as the gay celebrity.”

Tomlin and Wagner would add their names to the list of the many celebrities who have been married or engaged since the ruling.

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