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Neil Patrick Harris Engaged to David Burtka: What This Means for Twins Gideon and Harper

Neil Patrick Harris engaged to David Burtka twins Gideon and Harper

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka engaged!

Neil Patrick Harris is engaged to David Burtka! The happy couple announced their engagement after news broke that New York approved gay marriage.

After New York passed the gay marriage bill, Twitter and Facebook lit up with the marriage equality news excitement!

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka took to Twitter to announce that they are engaged and will be married now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in New York.

No doubt there were plenty of proposals and engagement news last night, but Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and their gorgeous twins, Gideon and Harper are always one of our favorites.

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted before the vote: “I’d sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it.”

Then, following the vote: “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!”

Burtka tweeted the happy engagement news, writing: “I’ve already purposed, he said yes! Thank god!” adding, “he proposed to me as well. I said yes! Thank god!”

Seems the engagement news wasn’t all that new, as Harris shared on Twitter this morning: “David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.”

This is such fabulous news for their family – David and Neil have been together five years and are parents to twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, who were born via surrogate in October 2010.

Does this change anything about the way they parent their twins? Does it make them more of a family? Of course not – they already seem like adorable, loving and doting dads to Harper and Gideon. But making their union legal has to be hugely exciting for the couple.

Marriage has been on NPH’s mind for awhile, as he shared in a 2008 interview: “I’m a big proponent of monogamous relationships regardless of sexuality, and I’m proud of how the nation is steering toward that.”

The New York same-marriage news does offer up changes for couples in terms of income taxes, health insurance, inheritance rights and more. The New York Times has a great rundown of same-sex marriage rights and benefits.

Congratulations to Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka!

Look at these Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka twin baby photos – too cute!


  • Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka with twins 1 of 7
    Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka with twins
  • Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and twins Gideon and Harper 2 of 7
    Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and twins Gideon and Harper
  • David Burtka with the babies 3 of 7
    David Burtka with the babies
  • Gideon and Harper are adorable! 4 of 7
    Gideon and Harper are adorable!
  • Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s twins for Easter 5 of 7
    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's twins for Easter
  • Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka dress the twins for Cinco de Mayo 6 of 7
    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka dress the twins for Cinco de Mayo
  • Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka babies for St. Patrick’s Day! 7 of 7
    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka babies for St. Patrick's Day!


Images: PRPhotos, The View, David Letterman, Twitter

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