|George Takei (right), who played Sulu on the original Star Trek series, and his fiance, Brad Altman, picked up their marriage license in West Hollywood June 17. News of his wedding was broadcast around the world. Photo by Karen OCamb.
Same-sex couples from Wisconsin and Delaware might not want to get married in California.
In Wisconsin, entering into a marriage outside the state that would have been prohibited inside the state can lead to a $10,000 fine, nine months in prison or both.
Delaware has a milder law that punishes marriage âbetween persons of the same genderâ with a $100 fine, which, if not paid, leads to 30 days in jail.
The statute states: âIf a marriage prohibited by this chapter is contracted or solemnized outside of the State, when the legal residence of either party to the marriage is in this State, and the parties thereto shall afterwards live and cohabit as spouses within the State, they shall be punished in the same manner as though the marriage had been contracted in this State.â
Gay Groups Try To Halt Calif. Marriage Referendum
The Nov. 4 ballot measure aimed at amending the California Constitution to void the state Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage could be removed from the ballot if a new attack by gay groups succeeds. They filed a petition with the state Supreme Court June 20 arguing that the proposed âamendment,â if passed, would actually amount to a ârevisionâ of the constitution.
While the California Constitution can be amended via a ballot initiative, it cannot be ârevised.â A revision of the document requires a proposal by the Legislature or by a constitutional convention, followed by popular ratification.
âIf enacted, (the amendment) would alter the underlying principles on which the California Constitution is based and make far-reaching changes in the nature of our basic government plan ... by severely compromising the core constitutional principle of equal citizenship,â the petition said.
The filing also argued that the initiative should be stricken from the ballot because people who signed petitions to put it there were not given clear information on the proposed amendmentâs impact.
The petitions claimed the amendment would not change California law on marriage â but now, of course, it would do exactly that..
âSuluâ Picks Up Marriage License
George Takei, who played Sulu on the original Star Trek series, and his fiancĂ©, Brad Altman, picked up their marriage license in West Hollywood June 17. Takei, 72, and Altman, 54, have been together for 21 years.
âMay equality live long and prosper,â Takei said.
-assistance: Bill Kelley