Why I am a fan of Pauley Perrette
There are people who talk the talk and there are those who walk the walk. NCIS star Pauley Perrette, I have learned, is firmly in the latter category when it comes to supporting equal marriage rights fior gays and lesbians.
I’m in the OC with family this weekend for the Easter holiday, was filling plastic Easter eggs with candy and coins for my niece and nephew, and had Entertainment Tonight weekend edition on. A segment on Pauley came on and my dad perked up because she is absolutely his favorite character on one of his favorite shows. The segment was about her wedding to cameraman Michael Bosman.
At the end of the segment, she revealed that while the couple exchanged vows and had a ceremony before family and friends, they were not married in the technical sense because they had chosen to wait until everyone can get married in this country. What they have done is filed for all the same legal protections that are available to same-sex couples.
The couple had dated for four years but Michael did not propose until the legalization of gay marriage in California last June. The couple then campaigned very publicly against California’s Prop. 8.
I was watching this and got a bit choked up, I was so moved to hear of this gesture.
More wedding details: Instead of gifts, Pauley and Michael asked guests to donate to charities that they support, including the Amanda Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Donors Choose, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Red Cross, Project Angel Food and the Hollywood United Methodist Church where they were married.
“We just kind of wanted it to be … about an ideology of everybody and of generosity and community,” Perrette says of her Valentine’s Day nuptials. She and Bosman arranged to have Project Angel Food to deliver a Valentine’s Day present to every recipient of its program.
This is a pair that makes this world a better place.