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Congratulations to Larry Kramer and David Webster
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/25/13
Last updated on: 07/25/13
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Larry Kramer.

Congratulations to playwright and activist Larry Kramer and architect David Webster who were married on July 24, 2013 in a New York City hospital room. The ceremony took place in the intensive care unit of New York University's Langone Medical Center, where Kramer has been recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction.

As reported by Patrick Healy in the New York Times, the couple's original plan was to be married on the terrace of their Greenwich Village apartment with only two witnesses and the officiant, Judge Eve Preminger, in attendance. But that plan was scrapped when Kramaer was hospitalized. Two dozen friends and relatives attended a noontime ceremony in the intensive care unit.

The two men, who dated in the 1970s and have been partners since the mid-1990s, exchanged Cartier rings and extemporaneous vows.

Playwright, novelist, and essayist, Kramer is now best known for his AIDS activism, which included helping found the Gay Men's Health Crisis and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), as well as for excoriating essays denouncing the failure of government to respond to the AIDS epidemic.

Kramer's best-known plays, The Normal Heart (1985) and The Destiny of Me (1992), chronicle the personal and political responses to the AIDS epidemic, lacerating both the local and national governments for ignoring the devastation of the gay community by the disease.

The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for best revival of a play on Broadway in 2011. A film version of the play is currently underway.

In 2013, Kramer was voted a special Tony for humanitarian contributions.

In the video below, Kramer speaks about the founding of ACT-UP.

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