Like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon also married an influential activist civilian. According to City & State, Christine Marinoni owned a “lesbian coffee shop/bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn” in the mid-’90s, and after one of her employees was “a victim of a hate crime,” she became active in advocating for LGBT issues.
According to the Advocate, Nixon met and became friends with Marinoni in 2001, when both women worked on causes in education. At the time, Nixon was in a long-term relationship with Danny Mozes, the father of two of her children. They split up in 2003, and by 2004, Nixon and Marinoni were an item.
Nixon and Marinoni wed in 2012, according to People, after waiting three years following their engagement for same sex marriage to be legal in their home state of New York. Marinoni became a stay-at-home mom to both Nixon’s kids with Mozes, as well as the son they had together in 2011, Max.
Eventually, Marinoni returned to work in the political sphere, taking a job within the New York Department of Education as “a special adviser for community partnerships,” according to the New York Post. She resigned from the position in March 2018, presumably to alleviate any possible conflict of interest should she inevitably decide to contribute to Nixon’s campaign.