By Justin Ravitz
Congrats to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard: The longtime Hollywood couple (and parents to daughter Lincoln, 7 months) finally got married on Thursday (Oct. 16).
They exchanged vows in a no-frills ceremony at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s Office, Us Weekly can confirm. TMZ was first to report the news.
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The “Veronica Mars” actress, 32, and “Parenthood” actor, 38, are said to have arrived at the office to simply obtain a marriage license, but took up a court employee’s offer to marry them in a nearby courtroom — with Bell shedding tears, the site reports.
The pair got engaged over the holidays in 2009, but famously vowed not to wed until same-sex marriage bans were overturned nationwide. “I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my [gay and lesbian] friends,” Bell said in August 2012. “It’s just kind of rude to invite everyone to a party for a rite not everyone can hold.”
Thus, this past June, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act — and Proposition 8 was overturned in California — Bell re-proposed to Shepard via Twitter. The comic star responded in kind: “Let’s bring my big, gay marriage to [Kristen] to Life!!!”
No word on how the couple are otherwise celebrating their newly wedded bliss — but little Lincoln will surely be involved.
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Bell has called motherhood “actually better than I expected … It’s pretty wonderful.”