Larry Kramer Weds David Webster in Hospital Ceremony
Acclaimed playwright and gay rights activist Larry Kramer tied the knot with his long-time partner David Webster on Wednesday in NYU Langone Medical Center's intensive care unit, according to The New York Times.
The wedding had been scheduled for a few weeks from now at their apartment in Greenwich Village. Following Kramer's surgery on Sunday for a bowel obstruction, the pair bumped up the date.
"I had been traveling when Larry went into the hospital," Webster told The Times. "And when I was back and he was able to talk, he told me he had invited 20 people to the I.C.U. for the wedding. So it turned into a little party at his bedside."
Kramer and Webster decided last month, when the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the Supreme Court, to put the marital plans in motion.
Due to the surgery, Kramer wasn't able to attend the reception at Riverpark, Webster said, though assured that his husband is on a quick road to recovery, and that another celebration is in the works.
The pair have been together since the mid-1990s.
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The recent Broadway premiere of Kramer's landmark play, The Normal Heart, won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. HBO's film adaptation of The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, begins shooting in New York City in June. His other plays include Sissies' Scrapbook, The Normal Heart, Just Say No, The Destiny of Me, A Minor Dark Age. He wrote and produced the film Women in Love, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. His non-fiction works include Reports from the holocaust: the making of an AIDS activist and The Tragedy of Today's Gays. His works of fiction include Faggots, and his forthcoming 3000-page novel The American People (Farrar Straus and Giroux). Kramer is be the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary, which will coincide with the premiere of the film adaptation of The Normal Heart in May, 2014. He is the recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was the first openly gay person to receive a Public Service Award from Common Cause. He received his BA from Yale (1957).
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