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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka appear in a 2010 photo posted on the actors Twitter account. - Provided courtesy of yfrog.com/user/ActuallyNPH

Neil Patrick Harris plans to marry longtime partner David Burtka

06/25/2011 by Olivia Allin

Neil Patrick Harris, the star of the comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," said he plans to marry his longtime partner David Burtka now that New York State has legalized gay marriage.

"I'd sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it," Harris wrote on Twitter before the ruling.

"It PASSED!" Harris wrote on Friday. "Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!"

Reuters reported that the marriage equality law is expected to bring an estimated $284 million to New York's economy and an estimated 21,000 gay and lesbian couples from New York would marry within three years and nearly 42,000 gay and lesbian couples would come to New York for destination weddings.

"David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago!" Harris wrote on Saturday. "We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date."

The 37-year-old actor and Burtka, who is a chef, are parents to 8-month-old twins. The twins, Gideon and Harper, were born via a surrogate mother on October 12, 2010. They are Harris' first children.

Harris recently visited "The Late Show with David Letterman and talked about his and Burtka's love of dressing up their twins in colorful, funny costumes during holidays.

In the twin's May photo, which Harris showed on the program, baby Gideon is seen in a tiny sombrero holding hands with Harper, who is sporting a thick unibrow, channeling Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

"We do one a month," Harris told Letterman. "We're doing a calendar, so that when they're older, we can humiliate them and embarrass them."

Harris, who rose to fame as a teen star, playing a doctor on "Doogie Howser, M.D.," recently hosted the 2011 Tony Awards ceremony. The actor also hosted the ceremony in 2009 and earned a Creative Arts Emmy Award for his work on that broadcast.

Harris was back on stage in April in the New York Philharmonic's production of "Company," where he joined Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks and Patti LuPone. The cast performed at the Tony Awards, see highlights of the show in our photo gallery.

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