Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Live long, and prosper

George Takei, who played Sulu on the original Star Trek series, is getting married:
Our California dream is reality. Brad Altman and I can now marry. We are overjoyed! At long last, the barrier to full marriage rights for same-sex couples has been torn down. We are equal with all citizens of our state!

The California Supreme Court has ruled that all Californians have a fundamental right to marry the person he or she loves. Brad and I have shared our lives together for over 21 years. We've worked in partnership; he manages the business side of my career and I do the performing. We've traveled the world together from Europe to Asia to Australia. We've shared the good times as well as struggled through the bad. He helped me care for my ailing mother who lived with us for the last years of her life. He is my love and I can't imagine life without him. Now, we can have the dignity, as well as all the responsibilities, of marriage. We embrace it all heartily.
Via Towleroad via Sullivan. Here's an advantage California has when advocating for gay marriage: A lot of celebrities live in California. People have an affinity for celebrities, and I don't think they would want to prevent them from getting married, or vote to invalidate their marriages. Not everyone will have this reaction, of course. But I think these celebrity gay marriages will go a long way towards normalizing the idea in people's minds.

So far, George Takei and Ellen DeGeneres have announced. Who will be next?


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