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Nathan Lane weds at City Hall

Nathan Lane married his longtime love Devlin Elliott at City Hall in New York.

Nathan Lane married his longtime love Devlin Elliott at City Hall in New York.

The Birdcage actor, who came out as gay in 1999 through The Advocate magazine, has been in a relationship with playwright and producer Devlin for 18 years and according to Page Six the pair decided to take their relationship to the next level by tying the knot in the Big Apple on Tuesday 17 November 2015.

Nathan, 59, confirmed his status as a married man during a 92nd Street Y Panel hosted by Joy Behar on Wednesday 20 November 2015, noting during the talk his spouse is “a wonderful writer and wonderful man.”

After Nathan disclosed the information, Joy was quick to offer a witty congratulations, joking: “That means that you’re spending your honeymoon at the 92nd Street Y.”

Nathan is an open supporter of charities that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, having served as a board member and fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His philanthropic work has been recognised by organisations such as the Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and The Trevor Project.

Nathan came out as gay to the public one year after university student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998 for his homosexuality, and during the pivotal interview he spoke about how the brutal hate crime compelled him to support other people who were victims of discrimination for their sexual preference.

"It was like somebody slapped me awake," he told The Advocate in 1999. "At this point it's selfish not to do whatever you can....

"If I do this story and say I'm a gay person, it might make it easier for somebody else."

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