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  1. david from Edmonton says

    Interesting that he had to wait for SCOTUS to overturn Prop 8 to get married. He was filming Arrow in Vancouver BC and it is legal to get married in Canada and has been for 13+ years. He could have easily gottenmarried there months ago, but good for him regardless.

  2. DG says

    They already had a ceremony in Great Britain, when Unions were legalized. John is a dual American citizen, which gives reason for a marriage here. There is no tie to Canada.

  3. david from Edmonton says

    Maybe no ties but Canada was (and still is) a prime destination for same sex marriages internationally for the past 13 years. Hundreds if not thousands of foreigners have come to Canada to get legally married. I was aware he had a “civil union” in the UK but not a “marriage”. US citizen or not he spent considerable time in Vancouver during the filming of Arrow (which in my mind connects him in some way as he was a resident here while working) and could have had a legal marriage in British Columbia that would be recognized now in California and federally in the US with the demise of DOMA. So I still find it interesting he chose not to have a legal marriage occur in BC while he was there and made a big deal of being able to marry in California, but good for him to make the commitment that is the important part.

  4. Reality Chek says

    Maybe Barrowman just feels his marriage means more if he does it in the USA. I mean, maybe he just prefers the US to Canada. He could have gotten married in South Africa and bunch of other countries..many of whom I sure you could find valid connections that make it reasonable to do so. Maybe he just thinks doing it in the US and California means more to him. Sometimes it’s the simple answer.

  5. OldGuy says

    Prior to the demise of DOMA there was no advantage for John to marry, but now, as a US citizen, he can sponsor Scott Gill for US residency (green card). Meaning they can both live and work in the US.

  6. GregV says

    @DavidInEdmonton: I don’t know all the particulars (like which country was his tax home last year, whether his husband has accompanied him to Canada during his work stint there, etc.). But as a dual citizen of the US and the UK (not Canada), it is easy to imagine various reasons that he MIGHT have found it pointless to have legal recognition for his marriage only in a country where he’s temporarily working.
    I would compare it to a Saudi woman who goes on vacation in Canada for a few months and has a hotel within walking distance of everything she needs to get to. Should she bother with the time and energy and expense of getting a driver’s license that will be recognized in Canada when she won’t be driving there and will still be stranded without when she gets back home?

  7. billy bob says

    Just pointing our he is primarily a British citizen first and foremost (his country of birth) and his “permanent” home is in the UK not “temporarily” in the US. and as a citizen of a commonwealth country he has has far more in common with Canada than the US. Working in Canada he would have been required to pay Canadian taxes so really that doesn’t actually have anything to do with getting married in Canada (plus his partner was with him) and sadly it would have been far more legally recognized because it is recognized country wide here(and internationally where same sex marriage is recognized legally) not just in a small handful of states and I don’t believe But it’s interesting all the opinions, seems just a tad nationalistic. Really if he wanted it to matter I think he would have wanted to get married in the country of his birth not one where 80% of the states would rather jail you than give you rights. And whether people want to admit it, Canada led the way many years before it was popular and still does. Just saying……

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