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LAX courthouse: First the wedding, then a mani-pedi for the child

June 17, 2008 |  2:01 pm

Bill Walker, 51, and Kelly Ziegler, 40, wanted to avoid the crowds in West Hollywood, so the two men, who live in Hollywood, trekked to a courthouse near Los Angeles International Airport with their two children, Elizabeth Walker-Ziegler, 7, and James Walker-Ziegler, 2, in tow. 

The couple met nine years ago at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. In 2001, when Elizabeth was getting baptized, they held a commitment ceremony at the church -- and they both wear wedding rings. They said they wanted to get married for many reasons.

"We love each other and we want to stay together for the rest of our lives. And we think it's important for the children," said Walker, a writer-producer, who described Ziegler as "my fiance."

"Elizabeth needs to be able to say her parents are married," Walker added.

Walker said they chose to tie the knot on the first day possible because "we wanted to be married as long as legally possible." A measure to ban same-sex marriages has qualified for the November ballot.

Walker, who used to work for the TV sitcom "Roseanne," said he wrote what he called the first gay wedding ceremony on television. It was in December 1995, he said -- "back when the idea of legally getting married I would never have believed would be possible."

He said they were pleased they didn't end up in a long line today. "Now we have time to take Elizabeth for a mani-pedi," he said, "and plant the dichondra in the front yard."

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske