The Personal Becomes Political

Gay Nobel Nominee Zackie Achmat Gets Married

South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat and longtime love Dali Weyers were married last weekend near Cape Town:

AIDS activist Zackie Achmat turned his focus to love yesterday as he wed his blue-eyed boyfriend.

The Treatment Action Campaign chairman married Dalli Weyers in a romantic picnic setting in front of about 300 guests at the Imperial Yacht Club in Lakeside, near Cape Town.

Judge Edwin Cameron, complete with glitter eye make-up, officiated. He had applied to become a magistrate in the Wynberg district for the day so he could conduct the ceremony.

The couple had planned to have a civil ceremony, but recently decided to get married under the amended Marriage Act because “marriage sounds a bit more weighty”, Weyers said.

“We decided that the marriage statement as a same-sex couple was a profound one and we want the union to be seen as equal [to those of heterosexuals],” he said.

They’re obviously wedded to their activist ways.

Achmet’s most well-known for founding the Treatment Action Campaign. His health and social justice work garnered him a Nobel Peace nomination.