If there’s an actor who many men and women admire for being gay, it would definitely be Neil Patrick Harris. After all, he used to play the role of Dr. Doogie Howser, from the early 90s TV series, Doogie Howser, M.D. But if there’s one role of his that really surprised a lot of people, it would definitely be his role for Barney Stinson in the highly acclaimed TV show, How I Met Your Mother. In fact, our beloved NPH plays a role that is the exact opposite of Mr. Stinson—for one thing, he’s a playboy. The real NPH, on the other hand, is happily and loyally (though not yet legally) ‘married’ to his one and only love—David Burtka.
Yes, if you’re a fan of HIMYM and you didn’t know this bit of information, we only have to wonder which planet you’re from.
In fact, NPH’s relationship with DB was featured on the cover of Out magazine, entitled “Love Issue.” They are even considered as ‘the poster boys for traditional gay marriage.’
As part of NPH’s confession in November 2006, he told People.com:
““The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life,
“Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”
A year later, NPH attended the Emmy awards held in September 2007 together with DB. This was when he finally admitted his 3-year relationship with Burtka on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Last August 14, 2010, NPH and Burtka announced that they were expecting to have twins via a surrogate mother. On October 12, 2010, they had fraternal twins named Gideon Scott (a boy), and Harper Grace (a girl).
After the New York Marriage Equity Act passed in June 24, 2011, the lovebirds announced their engagement through Twitter. They admitted that they have already proposed to one another 5 years ago, but kept that engagement a secret until the legalization of same-sex marriages in the state.
Before the vote, NPH wrote this on his Twitter account:
Meanwhile, Burtka gave the big news as a tweet to a fan, saying:
“I’ve already purposed, he said yes! Thank god!” he tweeted, before adding, “he proposed to me as well. I said yes! Thank god!”
NPH responded to Burtka’s tweet:
On an interview with AceShowbiz.com, NPH said confirmed the news:
“Yes, I proposed to Neil and he proposed to me.’ Which I think sounded immediate and wasn’t. It’s exactly what we didn’t want to do, because we contemplated getting married in California, before the Prop 8 debacle, and I opted not to immediately because I didn’t want it to be a media event.
“I didn’t want to go marching down the street with camera crews. Oy. To get married? Really? It seems like you have an agenda when you do it that way. I wouldn’t want to get married to be an example. I’m hoping we’ll be able to get married in California soon, but there are no plans afoot.”
Representing Gay Marriage Rights
When asked if he felt responsible to represent gay marriages, NPH had this to say:
“No, everyone has an individual experience. To try to declare yourself a larger representative is dangerous. I just do my thing, we have our life.”