But then a glance at their announcement gave me even more reason to choose them as this week's couple. They have been partners for 36 years, which in gay years is almost two lifetimes. Even in straight years it's quite a long time. The announcement does not explain why they decided to get married now, but they did get married in Canada, so perhaps they are making a statement about gay marriage. Or maybe they just did it for their own personal reasons beyond anything political. Regardless, it's a heartwarming thing to read. I was hoping I could make a joke about Freeman Freeman's name (i.e. "Freeman Freeman is a Free Man No More"), but it appears that he hasn't been a free man for 36 years--and I'm sure there are many out there who long for the same sort of loving captivity he has enjoyed.