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OTRC: Neil Patrick Harris says he's not 'actively planning a wedding'

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka appear in a 2010 photo posted on the actor's Twitter account. (yfrog.com/user/ActuallyNPH)

Actor Neil Patrick Harris took to his Twitter page to warn the media not to put the cart before the horse when it comes to his wedding plans with longtime partner David Burtka.

Shortly before New York legalized same sex marriage on Friday, Harris Tweeted, "I'd sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it."

After the same-sex marriage legislation was passed, he Tweeted his excitement saying, "It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!"

However, he later clarified to the media on Monday, "Dear media: Just because David and I will soon be able to marry in NY, doesn't mean we are actively planning a wedding. Cart before horse."

He also clarified on Saturday that he and Burtka have been engaged for years. "David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago!" Harris wrote on Saturday. "We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date."

The 37-year-old actor has been with Burtka, a chef, since 2004. The two are parents to 8-month-old twins, a boy named Gideon and a girl named Harper, born via surrogate.

Reuters reported that the marriage equality law is expected to bring an estimated $284 million to New York's economy and an estimated 21,000 gay and lesbian couples from New York would marry within three years and nearly 42,000 gay and lesbian couples would come to New York for destination weddings.

Harris recently visited "The Late Show with David Letterman and talked about his and Burtka's love of dressing up their twins in colorful, funny costumes during holidays.

In the twin's May photo, which Harris showed on the program, baby Gideon is seen in a tiny sombrero holding hands with Harper, who is sporting a thick unibrow, channeling Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

"We do one a month," Harris told Letterman. "We're doing a calendar, so that when they're older, we can humiliate them and embarrass them."

Harris, who rose to fame as a teen star, playing a doctor on "Doogie Howser, M.D.," recently hosted the 2011 Tony Awards ceremony. The actor also hosted the ceremony in 2009 and earned a Creative Arts Emmy Award for his work on that broadcast.

Harris was back on stage in April in the New York Philharmonic's production of "Company," where he joined Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks and Patti LuPone. The cast performed at the Tony Awards, see highlights of the show in our photo gallery.

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