Cynthia Nixon Says She'd Marry Her Girlfriend

The Sex and the City star would wed Christine Marinoni, if she could

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Should New York State approve gay marriage, native daughter Cynthia Nixon and her partner Christine Marinoni would wed, says the Sex and the City actress.

“If it becomes legal I think we would,” Nixon, 42, in London for the world premiere of the movie based on the HBO series, tells Britain’s Daily Mirror.

“It’s something my girlfriend is interested in and it was not something my boyfriend ever was,” she says.

Prior to her relationship with Marinoni, Nixon spent 15 years with English professor Danny Mozes, with whom she has two children: Samantha, 11, and Charles, 5, both of whom, she says, call both her and Marinoni “Mom.”

Realizing there might be some who disapprove, Nixon adds, “I think that to get married to her would be a little act of rebellion. It’s like if you’ve never had the vote and then you get it you’re going to run out there and vote.”

As for her, “I always avoided marriage in the past and was always very wary of it. I felt like it was potentially a trap,” says Nixon. “So I always steered clear of it.”

‘I Don’t Feel I Changed’

Regarding her life with Marinoni, the Emmy winner and breast-cancer survivor and activist says: “I started dating my girlfriend in January 2004, and the press got wind of it around the September. There was a lot of attention and it was crazy. I said I was romantically involved with a woman, but I wasn’t going to talk about it until everybody calmed down.”

Speaking to New York’s Daily News on Monday, Nixon’s rep said that, contrary to rumors on the Internet, the actress has no plans to marry in Vermont, where gay marriage is legal.

To Nixon, her choice of partners has to do with romance, not politics. “I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me that woke up or came out of the closet,” she says. “In terms of my sexual orientation, I don’t really feel that I changed. I don’t feel any different than I did before. I don’t feel like there was some hidden part of myself that I wasn’t aware of.”

Says Nixon: “I had been with men all my life and I had never met a woman I had fallen in love with before. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I don’t define myself. I’m just a woman in love with another woman.”

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