Torchwood star John Barrowman announced the couple’s plans via a video clip posted on video sharing site WhoSay earlier today.
“It’s five after one and we’ve got our coffee and we’re in the car getting ready to leave, because where are we going, Scott?”
“To get married. Yay!” Gill replies.
“We’re getting married in the state of California. Thank you Supreme Court, about time you made it legal. See you after we have the ceremony!”
The Scottish-American actor holds dual citizenship in The United States and Great Britain. He and Scott Gill, his partner of 20 years, had previously entered into a civil partnership in Great Britain in 2006. They are celebrating their legal union in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision to strike down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday, ruling that the law, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional. The Court also struck down California’s Proposition 8, and on Sunday the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the Federal District Court decision that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional, restoring marriage equality in California and allowing same-sex marriages performed in the state to resume immediately.
Barrowman, who could be seen in the recurring role of villainous Malcolm Merlyn on the first season of American tv series Arrow, based on DC Comics superhero Green Arrow, first gained widespread popularity in Britain and the States portraying openly pansexual alien Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC’s SciFi/drama Doctor Who and it’s widely acclaimed spin off, Torchwood, is an outspoken activist for gay rights issues and contributes his support to numerous campaigns striving to exterminate homophobia.
“We are getting Married today because we now can. Jb and Scott” the couple posted from the road.
Unable to contain their exuberance, they continued to share comments and video clips with fans while driving to the courthouse, “We’re on our way to get married, and look what’s on the radio.” Barrowman exclaims, before both men begin singing along.
“We are now legally married. Thanks for all your great wishes. JB and Scott”