After the state's Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage on May 15 took effect Monday evening (when most county clerk's offices were closed) - so today, the rush is on.
One of the first gay couples that got
married a marriage license are Star Trek actor George Takei and longtime partner Brad Altman. Takei, who played Sulu in the Star Trek: The Original Series, wrote:
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.
The California Supreme Court further ruled that our Constitution provides for equal protection for all and that it cannot have marriage for one group and another form - domestic partnership - for another group. No more "separate but equal." No more second-class citizenship. Brad and I are going to be married as full citizens of our state.
Read more of what George wrote in his official website: http://www.georgetakei.com/news.asp
I know this subject is controversial, and I do respect your opinions, whether you agree with the ruling or not - but please keep the discussion civil.