Less than two weeks after officially coming out, Anderson Cooper is reportedly planning to marry his longtime partner, Ben Maisani.
Sources claim that Cooper, who is 45, could marry the 39-year-old club owner "as soon as Labor Day," and that Cooper's mother, designer Gloria Vanderbilt, has encouraged them to tie the knot. Obviously, there's been no confirmation from the couple, and we can't see the famously private pair, who have been dating since 2009, to share the intimate details of their wedding preparations, if there are even any in progress.
On July 2, the CNN news anchor spoke openly about his sexuality for the first time, saying "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."
The Emmy Award-winning journalist also revealed his reasons for breaking his silence. Expressing his fear that by "remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life...I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something...that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed, or even afraid," he added, "This is distressing because it is simply not true."
Ironically, Cooper also mused about the effect his announcement would have on his personal life, stating optimistically, "I hope this doesn't mean an end to a small amount of personal space." Good luck, Anderson!
While time will tell what Anderson and Ben have planned for their future together, a few other high-profile couples have recently tied the knot. Here's a look at some well-known same-sex couples who have walked down the aisle in the past few months.
On July 7, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts wed boyfriend Jim Ready, becoming the country's first representative in a same-sex union. The pair exchanged their appropriately political vows in Newton, Massachusetts, promising to love "in Congress or in retirement, under the Democrats or the Republicans, on MSNBC or on Fox." Ready (42) says he's long admired Frank, who was the first congressman to open up about his sexuality.
Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, married longtime partner Heather Pope on June 22. The bride shared her news on Facebook, saying "Very happy to announce that as of this morning, Heather and I are legally married (at least in DC), twenty years to the day after our first date." The couple share a son, Samuel (5), and a daughter Sarah (2).
After dating for eight years, former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon married girlfriend Christine Marinoni on May 27, 2011. Nixon's rep confirmed the news, saying the two "were legally married in the state of New York," and adding "Nixon wore a custom dress by Carolina Herrera." Cynthia (46) and Christine (45), an education activist, have a 1-year-old son named Max; Cynthia has two children from her previous marriage to Danny Mozes.
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