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Liza Minnelli wasn't there, but it sounds like a fabulous time was had by all anyway.
Sex and the City star Mario Cantone and his partner of 20 years, musical theater director Jerry Dixon, tied the knot in New York—where same-sex marriage was legalized in June—earlier this month, Cantone confirmed Friday to E! News.
"We got married on October 5th, on the rooftop of our home with the Empire State building shimmering in the background," the 51-year-old funnyman exclusively tells us.
So what inspired the already committed duo to make things official now (besides the whole longtime-coming-recognition-of-their-civil-liberties thing, that is)?
"I got married for the same reasons you did," Cantone told Joy Behar, who swapped vows with her boyfriend of 29 years in August, on The View, where he first revealed the news. "We're older now. We've been together 20 years. After 20 years you're like, 'Thanks for the anticlimactic honeymoon, government!'
"I love him," he said of Dixon. "He's a good man."
For their first Halloween as a married couple, Cantone joked, they're going to stand outside their apartment building "and hand out scones to all the children."
Cantone told us that his two sisters, two brothers and two best friends attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Jamie Bakker, the pastor son of late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
"I called up Jim Bakker, the outlaw preacher son of Tammy Faye Bakker, and I couldn't believe he actually knew who I was," Cantone said. "I asked him to marry us and he said yes."
The grooms wore Calvin Klein tuxedos and walked down the aisle to the Rufus song "In Love We Grow," which Cantone called "our song" and said that he and Dixon plan to have the date of their nuptials and the song title engraved onto the rings they've already worn for the past 15 years.
After the I-dos, they blasted Marc Broussard's "Lucky" from the rooftop, the comedian added.
The wedding reception was held at Italian hot spot Del Posto, and Cantone reveals that he and Dixon are planning on a spring honeymoon in Italy.
"We don't celebrate our relationship too much publicly because you know if you do then it will crash and burn!" he joked. And of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed off on same-sex marriage in June, Cantone said: "Our great Italian-American [governor] said he was going to do it and he did and it's thrilling."
(Originally published Oct. 28, 2011, at 2:40 p.m. PT)