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John Barrowman, star of Torchwood, Doctor Who, and most recently, Arrow, married his partner of over 20 years, Scott Gill, today in California.

John Barrowman has changed his mind on the subject of gay marriage over the years. Initially Barrowman was against it, opting instead for a civil partnership with Scott Gill who he has been in a relationship with since 1993.

In 2005, Barrowman clarified his position to The Herald, stating:

People keep asking me if I’m going to do it. The answer is no. I was brought up in a family which believed there was a God who created us. I believe that God created me this way for a reason and he’s not a god who hates, dislikes or is against the way I live my life … That said, there is organised religion that says gay men and women are wrong, bad, evil – whatever you want to call it. So why would I want a ‘marriage’ from a belief system that hates me?

More recently, John Barrowman changed his view on gay marriage. In 2012, in an editorial piece for The Sun, Barrowman explained that he sees gay marriage as something he had to take a stand on to combat bigotry.

When somebody is telling you that you cannot do something, when somebody is spewing vile rhetoric and calling us a threat to heterosexuality, it’s time to take a stand. And we decided if that means getting married, then that’s fine. We want to have the choice to get married. Christianity to me is about loving every human being, getting on with your fellow man, being kind and generous, which Jesus was. I was created by Jesus and I’m not having any bigot telling me that God did not create me.

All of this brings us to today when John Barrowman posted the following video via his Twitter account.


John Barrowman on WhoSay

Scott Gill, now Barrowman’s spouse, took to his Twitter to post a photo of their certificate.

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Congratulations to John Barrowman and Scott Gill!

  • Rachel Reynolds

    :’D this is so great!

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Yay! :) I’m happy for them! I love John Barrowman.

  • Glaciusx

    Aww, I’m so happy for him and Scott!!!! They are truly great together. <3

  • David Speakman

    Mazel tov!

  • Anonymous

    I know I’m going to get so much hate for this, but I really feel like this shouldn’t be here on Hypable. Even if it is related to a fandom, it really isn’t news about a fandom so why would it be here. I personally feel like Hypable should try and remain neutral on these controversial topics and just post actual news about the fandoms.

    • Stacie

      I agree with you. Believe me, I’m totally happy for John Barrowman and his partner. But yeah, I agree with this comment simply because the issue of gay marriage is such an “issue” and I like my fandom sites to just remain neutral on stuff. If news isn’t neutral, I tend to just get pissed off to be honest. I meant to put this comment in the Hypable survey the other day but wasn’t quite sure how to word it. Either way, congrats to John! He’s awesome!

    • Jnthn44

      But at the same time, if Daniel Radcliffe was to get married, you think it wouldn’t be plastered all over this site?

      • Anonymous

        I’m not saying it depends on the person, I’m saying it has nothing to do with the fandom so its not actually news about the fandom which is what Hypable provides. I feel it has no business here.

    • Liderc

      I too agree that it doesn’t have a place on the site in terms of fandoms and I don’t think you should get hate for it either. I’m in favor of gay marriage, have voted in favor of it multiple times, but the attempt to relate this actor getting married to his roles on doctor who/arrow seems far fetched. Politics is something that should never be discussed on an entertainment site, mostly because it brings the worst out of its readers.

      • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

        Just for clarity, I wasn’t stating that the marriage had anything to do with his acting career, it’s just an identifier for people to realize where they have seen him before if they are only a casual viewer of those shows.

        • Liderc

          I believe the main point is, his marriage has nothing to do with his roles on the fandoms that we’ve enjoyed seeing him in. We’re certainly happy for him, but I personally come to Hypable because it’s not Perezhilton, and it’s not celebs personal lives being plastered all over the web like what every other website does.

          Hypable is supposed to be different, fandom oriented and not personal, that’s why a lot of us like it so much. But if that’s where you’re choosing to go, then that’s certainly a shift in previous policy and will definitely change your potential audience.

          • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

            Well here’s my question, if the article had read “Bille Piper, from Doctor Who and diaries of a Call Girl, welcomes new baby” and covered her issues with Post Partum Depression, would that be a problem? To me it’s human interest on a happy life changing event that they are public about and willingly sharing with their fans not gossipy. The issue may not be popular with everyone, but it’s still informative. It’s not like it was Matt Smith has screaming match with girlfriend outside bar leaves in huff, or here are 27 photos of Jenna-Louise Colman at the beach with her boyfriend. I would consider those things to be gossipy and (IMHO) none of anyone’s business. I’m not trying to be disagreeable, just genuinely trying to understand your issue.

          • Liderc

            You’ll notice I didn’t say “gossipy,” I said personal lives aren’t what has been at the heart of Hypable since its beginnings. It’s been about fandoms, and it’s sad to see it moving over to using link bait like this honestly. I’ve always felt Hypable had more integrity due to its refusal to post personal matters, but it seems that it’s slowly turning into the other millions of sites that report on celeb relationships.

          • Merina

            Amen, sister. I find myself turning to other sources more and more, because I’m honestly just interested in /fandom news/ – not the details of every celebrity’s love life! If others want to read about it, that’s cool. But maybe Hypable isn’t the site for me, anymore…

          • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

            Thanks for the clarification. i guess I assumed gossipy via the Perez inference, because I see a stylistic difference between us and Perez. I appreciate your feedback because I wasn’t following your thought process. Now I see where you are coming from. I’m not sure I agree, but I respect your opinion. It was well articulated.

    • Asphodels

      I have to disagree in so far as Hypable also posts articles about straight couples getting married. I thought this was well done because the author stayed neutral; while Barrowman expressed his thoughts on the subject the author did not go further than reporting those thoughts. This was simply a story about an actor much loved by fandom, who had something happy happen in his life. Something that his fans will enjoy. I’m sympathetic to both views on gay marriage and I enjoyed seeing this because Barrowman was obviously really excited. I didn’t think about the politics of it; I was just happy for someone who was happy and who was big-hearted enough to share his happiness with his fans.

      I think where Hypable should draw the line is allowing people’s political views to intrude on fandom news (for example, there was once an article on Kelly Clarkson being a republican that I think crossed the line). But reporting the fact that Barrowman got married today and chose to share some of the experience with fans isn’t political.

      • Nathan

        I don’t recall any posts about straight couples marriages here on Hypable…

        • popoK

          Their was that article on that glee actress getting pregnant though. (Maybe that has something to do with the show, I don’t watch it, but that’s an example of a personal actors life being reported on)

      • Peeta

        I’ve seen more posts about gay marriages than straight marriages. For example last week, or sometime quite recently, there was an article about Jane Lynch’s divorce with her wife. What does that have to do with the Glee fandom (or any other fandom she’s a part of that Hypable covers)? Nothing. There was also “Hollywood Reacts to DOMA”. That also has no business here. It just seems like a chance to make a statement about gay marriage.

        • Scarlett

          i agree! impartial news reporting is key, for me! hypable makes me uncomfortable in its biased reporting and increasing amount celebrity news/gossip.

    • morsmordre79

      I respectfully disagree. True, the news of Barrowman’s marriage doesn’t relate to the fandoms in question directly, but for many people, part of loving a fandom is being interested in the lives of the people involved. By being fans of the source material, we, by extension, become fans of the actors. We like hearing about the major events in their lives. I’m not saying I want to hear every last detail about my favorite actors, but things that are a big deal – like a new baby, a break-up with a longtime partner, a major health issue, or a marriage – I see no problem with a fandom site such as Hypable reporting on those. Fans want to know about those things because they’re milestones in the lives of the people that, after entertaining us for so long, have begun to feel like friends in a way. (Nerdy? Absolutely. Do I care? Not really. :p)

      As far as I know, no one threw a fuss when Hypable posted an article about Beyonce and Jay-Z having a baby. No one seemed upset when an article was written about Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy. I don’t think anyone was offended to read about the two leads of the Vampire Diaries ending their lengthy relationship. I think the only ones people were really upset about were the ones that displayed their favorite celebs in a negative light (the Kristen Stewart scandal, for example.)

      A potential solution could be for Hypable to have a section strictly for these types of pieces. A human interest section, maybe? (Maybe they have one of these already; if so, please ignore.) Perhaps they could keep fandom tags strictly for fandom news and post pieces about marriages, babies, and the like in a different area of the site.

      • popoK

        Yes!!! Read this instead of my comment lol, much more eloquently put!!

      • Natasha Pereira

        well said!!! best comment on this post

    • popoK

      I defiantly see where your coming from. But Hypable isn’t a website like Entertainment tonight etc. It doesn’t need to be politically neutral, even as it gains more popularity as it is written by people doing this for free during their free time they do have a certain liberty (within in reason of course) to what the put on their website. They’ve also been doing this for quite some time so it shouldn’t be that surprising (not that you are but I’m just making a point) that something like this is reported. I was excited to hear this piece of news because Hypable is really the only entertainment site I come to, but I can see why others would find it inappropriate. If anything I think Hypable should make a “actors/actress personal media” category (except worded much better than I have just done lol) so people who aren’t interested in this stuff can use personal feed and not have it show up.

      • popoK

        I just realized ET probably wasn’t the best example, but I’m assuming you got what I meant lol

    • Merina

      I completely, completely agree. I love Hypable, but I have no interest in hearing about a celebrity’s marriages, break-ups, support of gay marriage etc. I’m here for fandom news!

    • Gary65

      If you want neutrality, then please remove yourself from society and don’t interact with anyone. Neither fandom, nor Hypable, exists in a bubble and controversy is natural part of that. Combine this with the fact that our fandom heroes are idols in their fans’ eyes, then articles on their personal lives are clearly relevant.

  • popoK

    Yeahhh!! Congrats guys!!!

  • Daniel Stuart

    The time for calling people out has come. If you are going to throw something out like “Well I don’t want to see ‘this’ kind of thing on Hypable” then I want to know why. And I am talking about the real reason. Don’t even try whining that it is because you just don’t want to see stuff about the actors personal lives/it isn’t relevant to the fandom. You had to click through from a link on the home page to get here. The headline is plain as day so there is no way you didn’t know what this article was. That means that you have a problem with something in the article. Well guess what, we don’t care if you don’t like it. We exist both in reality and as characters in the shows you watch. This is relevant to our lives and the live of many of the actors and characters we all love so either show yourself for the bigot you are and take the scorn of modern society on the cheek or be silent and live with your bigotry hidden. Either way we aren’t having any of this ‘just don’t talk about it’ crap anymore.

    • Merina

      Please don’t insult us all as “bigots” and “liars” in such a generalising manner. We all have differing reasons for objecting to this article and I’m sure most of them have nothing at all to do with the sexuality of the actors in question. There’s no need to attack!

      • Daniel Stuart

        Actually you are bigots and liars and we won’t stop calling you out on it anymore. See the point is if you weren’t a bigot then you wouldn’t be so upset. So keep your thinly veiled objections to yourself.

        • Liderc

          ^This is why politics shouldn’t be discussed on a fandom site.

        • Merina

          I disagree with your statement that we are we are ‘all bigots and liars’ and am confused as to why you hold the definitive answer on whether we are or not.

          And I assure you, I am only upset because you have insulted me and others on this page so very, very rudely.

          • Daniel Stuart

            I’m sorry did I hurt your little feelings. Was it like a stub your toe hurt or like the pain one might feel after being told by society that you are less than for your whole life and then not being able to visit your partner in the hospital when they are dying and then suffering the indignity of being told your union was not legally recognizable so you have no say in their final arrangements and have to pay outrages amounts of taxes on anything they willed to you. I wonder why someone, like maybe an actor from a popular tv show, would be happy about all that being changed. Also why would a fandom site post about that happening? How could it possibly be relevant when it deals with an actor from the show and the show itself makes a point to purposefully include lgbt characters, some of which are married.

          • Merina

            …Now you are treating me with snide sarcasm and an even deeper level of disrespect. Why? When did I ever deny that the LGBT community faces struggles? When did I ever compare your rude comments to their (infinitely greater) turmoil? When did this discussion ever become about ‘gay rights being more important’ than my feelings being hurt by your unkind words?

            My opinion stands; I don’t believe that this news is relevant enough to the fandom to be posted. However, I respect your opinion and understand your disagreement. I believe we are at an impasse.

  • Gary65

    BARROWMAN *shakes fist*

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    People. This post isn’t completely about gay/lesbian rights. It’s news about an actor from a fandom that Hypable covers. I know not everyone wants to hear about the actor’s and actress’s personal lives, but a lot of people do – a lot of people like to know about certain major events in an actor’s life because we feel a connection to them. If you don’t want to read about who married who or who broke up with who, then don’t click on the article. You don’t have to read this article, the title is self explanatory and you can simply skip over it.

    I’d also like to state that I feel gay/lesbian rights isn’t an issue to stay quiet about. Now I’m not suggesting (or supporting) that people go around yelling about it a tthe top of their lungs or flaming others who don’t support it, but saying nothing is not an option. Even sites like YouTube have shown support for same sex marriage with their ProudToLove Video. And considering most of Hypable’s readers are open minded, I don’t think there’s any harm posting this story (if you read the comments, no one is hating)

    I’m not hating on anyone who doesn’t want to see posts like this, I understand that they just want neutrality. However, personally I don’t see anything wrong with posting this article and I was actually very happy and excited to read it.

  • Merina

    This doesn’t have anything to do with Doctor Who…?

  • Anon

    Hypable, this is extremely biased reporting and has nothing to do with the Doctor Who fandom. More and more, I find myself drawn to other fansites because of these very reasons…

  • Kit

    Ew…

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

    For the record, if any major actor (meaning not a one-time guest star) in either the Doctor Who, Torchwood, or Arrow (which I am now covering) gets married, has a baby, etc. and shares that with fans in a public way ( in this case broadcast on his personal Twitter with the intent to share with fans). I don’t care if they are gay, straight, bi…whatever. I’ll cover it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a church wedding or if they get married on the back of an elephant, I’m going to cover it.

    Since no one else in those fandoms (to my knowledge) has had any other happy life changing events marriages, babies, etc. since I started covering the fandom I haven’t mentioned this before. If they get divorced, not sure how I’ll cover that, I’ll probably mention it but it’s tough because it’s not really a congratulation type of thing. If it’s a baby and the star is cool with their kids being covered, I’ll cover it. If they aren’t cool about it, such as David Tennant not liking to get into his personal life at all, I’ll also give it a passing mention.

    Nuff said, as you were.

  • Amy

    Yay!! Congrats to them!!!

  • Michael Vartanian

    Wasn’t he also an evil guy on Desperate Housewives!

    • Adderall Addict

      He was on the show, I never watched it. Not sure DH ever fell on the realm of a show that would be covered by a fandom based site.

  • Cguy

    Wow, I wouldn’t have thought he’d be the religous type. Anyway, congrats to them!

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