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Neil Patrick Harris: ‘I won’t get married just to set an example’

How I met Your Mother and Glee star, Neil Patrick Harris has insisted that he and partner David Burtka would never conform to marriage just to “set an example”.

Harris, who announced his engagement to Burtka last June, explained their civil union as “complicated” because of the way the proposals came about.

“It’s complicated. David proposed to me five and a half years ago in New York on the same street corner where we met. The following year on Valentine’s Day in Santa Monica, one of my gifts was a ring and I proposed to him. Then, when the marriage equality stuff was on the tipping point in New York, where we have residency because we have an apartment there, it seemed my responsibility to at least tweet about it – to say, ‘Please vote for marriage equality in New York, it would be nice to get married someday’.”

Nevertheless, Harris went on to say that their engagement has been blown out of proportion, as it is not what he or partner Berta intended.

He explained: “It passed, and then someone tweeted David asking if we were going to get married, to which David Berta replied, ‘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 too 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. 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.”

Harris and Burtka maintain following the engagement announcement that they are not planning a wedding in the near future and have no date set as of yet for when they will tie the knot.

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