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George Takei and Brad Altman Get Marriage License in WeHo


George Takei and Brad Altman inspired a media frenzy as they showed up in West Hollywood to get their marriage license this morning.

Said Takei to the media: "Isn't this a glorious California morning to make history? Last month, the California Supreme Court made history by ruling for equality in marriage, and this morning, we're all here to give flesh and blood reality to that ruling. We're going to make history. And I think of the words of a great man who made history himself. Mahatma Ghandi said, `Be the change you want.' And what I see before me are people who are the change for equality. Equality in marriage and equality in everything. I see before me people who personify love and commitment. I see people who are the personifications, the joy and celebration, and Brad Altman and I are going to join you, and we are going to get our marriage license today. Isn't that extraordinary and it's that wonderful?"

It certainly is.

Added Takei: "Congratulations to all of us: May equality live long and prosper."

Takei and Altman are planning a September wedding.

Also, check out a clip from the OC Register on what went down there today and interviews with many of the couples who married,

road.jpg The L.A. Weekly has plenty of coverage from today's proceedings.

road.jpg The Advocate has a blog devoted to marriage in California.

Veteran Bob Lehman and Tom Felkner are First Married in San Diego [tr]
Star Trek's George Takei and Brad Altman Talk Marriage [tr]
Outside City Hall [tr]
Inside City Hall: Del and Phyllis Cut the Cake [tr]
Same-Sex Marriage Legal in California [tr]
The First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in L.A. [tr]
5:01 PM [tr]

Clip of Orange County couples, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's utterly ironic that he's quoting a man whom, among fellow homophobes like Nehru, supported the destruction of Divine imagery in Indian temples depicting the lesbian goddesses and the assimilation of western culture's homophobia.

    Of all people, Gandhi is not one you want to quote for pro-gay rhetoric.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Jun 17, 2008 7:35:29 PM

  2. Truly a new day in America!

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jun 17, 2008 7:38:13 PM

  3. Thanks for the great coverage, Andy!

    Posted by: Tom S. | Jun 17, 2008 7:41:07 PM

  4. Lucrece,

    I thought he quoted Spock not Ghandi.

    Posted by: Weezy | Jun 17, 2008 9:31:38 PM

  5. Weezy, George quoted both Ghandi and Spock. And Lucrece is write Ghandi was not pro-gay. It is unfortunate that so many people who demand equality don't include equality for everyone.

    Posted by: kujhawker | Jun 17, 2008 10:19:03 PM

  6. Congrats to those just getting married in California today. And condolences to Tony Martin, who sadly lost his wife, leggy MGM dancer Cyd Charisse today.

    They were married over 60 years.

    Posted by: Jesse Archer | Jun 17, 2008 11:01:07 PM

  7. The Ghandi quote was a good one and relevant to the occasion, even if the man himself was not our friend. Frankly, I see it as delicious bit of irony by taking the words of a foe and turning them into a tool of progress for our kind. Ghandi can twist in the wind a little, and we can move on.

    Well done George and Brad.

    Posted by: Yeek | Jun 18, 2008 5:28:03 AM

  8. What complete nonsense that Gandhi - and for God's sake please spell the name correctly - was in favour of destruction of idols of any kind, or would have supported the intolerance that is homophobia. That's coming from someone with a pretty twisted view of history, easily verifiable from printed sources like the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (all online).

    If you check those you'll find plenty of evidence of Gandhi arguing against the destruction of idols in temples. So that basic charge is incorrect.

    On homosexuality and lesbianism in a broader sense I am not going to claim Gandhi was likely to be sympathetic, but he was really against carnal relations of any kind - both homosexual and heterosexual. There's plenty of evidence in the Collected Works of him trying to persuade young straight couples not to get married. Gandhi believed in chastity and felt indulgence in sex, except maybe for the most basic procreative reasons, was to be avoided. This may seem absurd to us, but it is an idea which had many adherants, like the Shakers in the US.

    What is also a fact is that there were homosexual thinkers who did influence Gandhi, not on sexuality, but on general ideas of social life - most notably Edward Carpenter, who I think is one of the few influences named in Gandhi's autobiography. For more information on this read Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siècle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship, an excellent book by his great grand-daughter Leela Gandhi.

    Lastly the basic point is that Gandhi believed in tolerance even for views that he did not agree with. He would not for a minute have supported the hatred and fear that manifests as homophobia. I agree that there is some incongruity in seeing Gandhi quoted in this context, but it is proof of how the beliefs of people like Gandhi can still be relevant, even in contexts they would not have imagined.

    Posted by: Vikram | Jun 18, 2008 8:09:54 AM

  9. Gandhi also said "First they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win."

    What straights are learning about right now is how many gay and lesbian cuples there are out there and how many of them have been together for years and years and years. Far longer than most straight mariages.

    That's what the 'phobes really fear -- the fact that we can do it better.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 18, 2008 9:23:28 AM

  10. Just have to say that Brad and George are also genuinely nice people. Congratulations everyone!!!

    Posted by: Faith | Jun 18, 2008 1:10:04 PM

  11. Since everyone's talking a lot of bullshit and not providing any links to any other sources, I thought I'd throw one out there:


    "In 1947, after considerable struggle through civil disobedience, India achieves political independence, and the British Empire is dismantled. However, as a country, India is culturally scarred in many ways. Most Indians believe that their ancient Hindu culture is inferior to modern Western civilization. They take their heritage to be something shameful and worth abandoning. Mahatma Gandhi, educated in England, sends squads of his disciples to smash the erotic representations on the ancient temples of Khajuraho and Chapri. Only the poet, Rabindranath Tagore, manages to stop them. Pandit Nehru attempts to halt the publishing of photographs that depict sculptures showing homosexual relations, claiming that such vices are due to Western influence. In fact, it is his own perception of vice that has been influenced by the West. "

    Listen, Vikram, how many times have I heard Dr. Dobson and his ilk utter glib proclamations about "believing in tolerance," how much they "love and respect" homosexuals, how much they deplore antigay violence, etc. etc. These all sound pretty much like the wonderful things you had to say about "Mr. G."

    And you know what? It's all sugar-coated bullshit to make themselves look good and seem noble. Hell, they probably even believe it. But deep down they are disgusted by us, they hate us, and they are gratified when we are degraded and held back.

    Judging by his actions, and not his words, Mr. G sure seems like a tightassed and hostile person when it came to gay people. Another charismatic crusader with a mean streak, kind of like Larry Kramer, Pat Robertson, etc. Lots of followers, an incandescent and pure vision of profound social transformation, and a fucking asshole.

    Posted by: Yeek | Jun 19, 2008 1:05:42 AM

  12. Here's some additional information....

    Posted by: Yeek | Jun 19, 2008 10:10:09 AM

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