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It was a case of life mirroring art, as Ned Weeks, the protagonist in The Normal Heart, also marries his partner, Felix, in the hospital. Kramer is recovering from surgery for a bowel obstruction and, Webster said, is feeling better with the hope of moving to a private room soon.
The Times reports that the couple had set a wedding date a few weeks earlier, planning to be married on the terrace of their apartment with two witnesses and the officiant, Judge Eve Preminger. Their noon-time hospital wedding was attended by two-dozen friends and relatives and led by Judge Preminger.
"I had been traveling when Larry went into the hospital," Webster said to the Times, "and when I was back and he was able to talk, he told me he had invited 20 people to the I.C.U. for the wedding. So it turned into a little party at his bedside."
The two men exchanged Cartier rings, speaking from the heart rather than exchanging vows. “Why would Larry need a script?” Webster said to the Times.
A film adaptation of The Normal Heart began filming in Fire Island in June.
Kramer, who had referred to state-permitted gay weddings as "feel good marriages" because they did not provide strong tangible benefits, decided he and Webster should marry after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Kramer, 78, and Webster, 67, dated in the 1970s and have been partners since the mid-1990s. Several characters in Kramer's 1978 novel "Faggots" are based on himself and Webster.