Marriage 2000: A Time Odyssey

The following passage (CHT Jesse Walker) from Ehrlichman’s Witness to Power: The Nixon Years, quoting Nixon on same-sex marriage in 1970 –

I can’t go that far; that’s the year 2000! Negroes [and whites], okay. But that’s too far!

– irresistibly reminds me of these lines toward the end of the recent Doctor Who episode “Day of the Moon,” set in 1969:

a different Doctor Who and a different Nixon

DOCTOR: Canton just wants to get married. Hell of a reason to kick him out of the FBI.

NIXON: I’m sure something can be arranged. … This person you want to marry – black?


NIXON: I know what people think of me, but perhaps I’m a little more liberal –

CANTON:he is.

NIXON: I think the moon is far enough for now, don’t you, Mr. Delaware?

CANTON: I figured it might be.

It struck me because I’d seen DW viewers complaining that it was “unrealistic” that Nixon would even have so much as considered the issue of same-sex marriage.

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2 Responses to Marriage 2000: A Time Odyssey

  1. Jesse Walker July 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    I strongly suspect that the Who scene was a deliberate reference to the real-life Nixon quote. Either way, one reason I put it in the article was as an Easter egg for fans of the show.

    • Roderick July 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

      one reason I put it in the article was as an Easter egg for fans of the show

      I suspected that might be the case.

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