Wedding day emotional for Barrowman
Published 26/07/2013 | 12:42
John Barrowman has revealed he received some "outrageously vile" messages after he tied the knot with his long-term partner Scott Gill.
The Torchwood and Doctor Who star exchanged vows with Scott in California earlier this month, following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defence of Marriage Act.
He told the Daily Mirror that they were sent many messages of congratulations and support, but that some people were less pleasant.
"I don't get it," he said "Some of the comments were outrageously vile. Quoting lines from the bible. I won't tolerate it. People like that are banned on my Twitter account. I tell them to f*** off.
"People have a right to their beliefs but it doesn't mean they have to be nasty and deny other people their human rights. The world is not going to change and fall apart because a gay couple got married. It's a way for us to celebrate our love. That's it."
John and Scott, who have been together for more than 20 years, previously entered into a civil partnership in the UK in 2006. The actor said finally getting to marry was very emotional.
"I started welling up when we said our vows. It was the same with our civil partnership. I think it was because I never thought we'd be able to do it. Scott and I felt completely different after our civil ceremony, like we'd made a big step. But after this I feel very proud, happy and chuffed. It feels right," he said.
The couple's decision to wed that day was relatively last minute, and they posted a video on the WhoSay website saying they were heading off to get married.
"I got emotional during our little ceremony, but the other couples were what moved me most," John said. "The couple who witnessed for us were an 82-year-old man and a 76-year-old man. They were crying during their ceremony and we were emotional with them. They had been together for 44 years. The guy was the same age as my dad and he said, 'I thought I would be dead and never see this happen'."
Earlier this month the Supreme Court declared that a key section of the Defence of Marriage Act, which restricts federal benefits for gay couples, was unconstitutional. Legislation in England and Wales to allow gay couples to marry was passed on July 17.