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Adorable: Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka

Adorable: Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
January 19, 2012 MICHAEL KNUDSEN
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka - OUT Magazine

How adorable are Neil Patrick Harris (he’ll always be Doogie Howser, M.D. to me) and David Burtka on the latest cover of OUT magazine? They’re both so damn cute! It’s for the annual love issue which highlights a bunch of gay / lesbian relationships and families. I think Neil and his partner David were totally an ideal choice for the cover, they appear to be a completely solid couple and are also new dads, raising twins! It’s great for younger gays and lesbians to have such positive role models to look up to, and for sure these guys definitely fit the bill. Visit the magazine’s website for more romantic and inspiring tales.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka - OUT Magazine

OUT magazine’s annual “Love Issue” provides first-person accounts of gay relationships and gay families, an underrepresented segment of the American population. With the “Love Issue,” OUT highlights 26 diverse gay relationships and families to inspire. OUT’s subjects relay their stories in their own words. This year’s “Love Issue” begins with the story of cover stars Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, who share their personal love story with OUT readers.

“There’s something kinetic about him and his being. He’s classically sexy, yet he’s very much a boy in his energy. It’s a great dynamic,” Harris writes of Burtka. “When I see people who are equally attractive, they tend to seem quiet and kind of Marlboro Man-y, and David’s the antithesis of that. He’s more like Tigger. I’m, in turn, very introspective–the thinker, rather than the doer. I tend to weigh options before making decisions, and David is the polar opposite of that. We’re hyper similar and also incredibly opposite.”

Of Harris, Burtka similarly scribes, “Without him, I can’t breathe. The biggest thing is that he makes me laugh, but he’s also smart. He can do everything. I’m not kidding; I think he’s half robot. He makes me a little more grounded, and I bring out the wild side in him. Don’t get me wrong–we fight. Our fights last five minutes, then we’re over it. And we’re both Gemini–we have a good twin and a bad twin, and the four of us get along really well.”

Burtka, who joined E! News this month as a correspondent, adds, “I don’t want people to think we’re a perfect couple. Nothing’s perfect. A relationship is work and it changes. It’s more good times than bad, but it’s not always good. We have a great recipe for a wonderful relationship, but we don’t want to be the poster boys for gay relationships. We’re not trying to pretend that we are perfect. We’re just trying–in a good, positive, loving way–to life our lives.”

Harris looks forward to the day the two become legally wed. “I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘partner’: It either means that we run a business together or we’re cowboys,” Harris pens. “‘Boyfriend’ seems fleeting, like maybe we met two weeks ago. I’ve been saying ‘better half’ for as long as I’ve been able to. I think it’s a little self-deprecating and clearly defines that we’re in a relationship, but it would be nice to say ‘my husband.’”

Read the Harris and Burtka’s full story, along with OUT’s other inspiring love stories now.