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George Takei Getting Married May 17, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Interview,TOS , trackback

Late last night George Takei (Star Trek’s original Sulu) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman were engaged to be married. The announcement comes just one day after the California Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages are now legal in California, overturning a previous ban as unconstitutional. Takei talked to TrekMovie about the wedding and more.

The announcement on Takei’s website reads in part:

Our California dream is reality. Brad Altman and I can now marry. We are overjoyed! At long last, the barrier to full marriage rights for same-sex couples has been torn down. We are equal with all citizens of our state!

This issue is particularly close to Takei as he first came out as gay in 2005 to speak out against a veto, by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, of a same-sex marraige law. Takei tells TrekMovie he and Brad are planning on tying the knot “as soon as possible.” The court ruling will go into effect in June and they are currently looking over dates and possible locations. Takei is considering the recently restored St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Takei is also already planning on helping with the campaign to fight any November ballot measure to amend the California State Constitution to again ban same sex marriage. Takei states “I would like to think that Californians have changed and now know that we are not the stereotypes, but we are everybody we are your neighbors, your family, your co-workers.” Takei also takes heart in the fact that Gov. Schwarzenegger has backed the Court’s ruling and will not support amending the Constitution. Takei isn’t the only celeb announcing marriage plans following the ruling. During a taping of her show on Friday Ellen DeGeneres announced she and Portia de Rossi will also wed.


Takei with his husband-to-be, Brad Altman

George keeping busy
Besides wedding plans, Takei is still keeping busy. The actor says that for the last week he has been doing voice recordings for an unnamed EA video game. He also recently finished a “last minute” cameo for the Adam Sandler comedy You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Takei also has a role as a “snooty maître de” in the R rated comedy American Summer from the guys behind American Pie. That film is now at Cannes looking for distribution. Starting later in the month George will be going on a multi-city speaking tour as part of Asian-pacific heritage month. Takei also is slated for some summer conventions, see his site for more info on his appearances.

George doesn’t hate Bill
In the last week William Shatner has been doing a publicity tour and the subject of Trek feuds and George Takei seems to come up a lot (like on Conan O’Brien show or The Howard Stern Show). When asked about the supposed feud Takei did admit he wishes Shatner would learn to pronounce his name correctly, but felt the feud has been overblown, noting

We do not hate each other. How could you work with someone if it was that kind of animosity…we are professionals and did and have done conventions and movies together for years. The hate thing is all part of the media hype.

Comments

1. Ingo - May 17, 2008

Congratulations, George and Brad!

2. thefinalfrontier - May 17, 2008

Congrats George and Brad!!!! All the best!!

3. fakesteve - May 17, 2008

Congrats and all the best from germany!

4. steve-o - May 17, 2008

Yay!!! what a happy day

5. Q - May 17, 2008

Congratulations, George-san and Brad-san! I hope you have a wonderful wedding! Best wishes! Yay! *Claps*

6. That One Guy - May 17, 2008

Well, I’m moving out to Californey! Huzzah! Finally… I can actually get married. I’m with ya’ George! Congrats!

Have fun on your honeymoon!

-TOG

7. JeFF - May 17, 2008

Congrats George and Brad!!!

8. Anthony Pascale - May 17, 2008

i also wish George and Brad the best

and for those who cannot embrace George and Brad as part of Trek’s message of ‘infinite diversity in infinite combinations’….i suggest you move on to a new thread. As per usual this site will not tolerate intolerance

9. CanuckLou - May 17, 2008

Congrats to them both!

…the adventure continues…

10. Cato the Llama - May 17, 2008

To boldly go where no man has gone before . . . It works for social pioneers, too, and not just space ones. :)

Congrats to them! And may they live long and prosper together!

11. max - May 17, 2008

Good news. Congrats George.

12. Trek Or Treat - May 17, 2008

A heartfelt congratulations to George and Brad. Here’s to an out of this world honeymoon!

May you always be together and happy!

13. Shatner_Fan_2000 - May 17, 2008

Congrats to George! Equality is, after all, at the heart of Star Trek.

14. Tyler - May 17, 2008

Yay! Make believe marriage….. humbug

15. Ravenwulf - May 17, 2008

Congratulations!! :)
Wish ,both, George Takei and Brad Altman the best!!

ps: here is me crossing my fingers that the unnamed EA is about Cpt. Sulu :P

16. Cayce Pollard - May 17, 2008

congratulations from San Francisco, George and Brad! I wish you both the best in your journey through life together! :)

17. Demora Sulu - May 17, 2008

Does mom know about this?!

18. tadayou - May 17, 2008

I’m glad for them.

19. Barb - May 17, 2008

Congratulations on the change to make legal what has been in your hearts all along.

20. Trekmatt - May 17, 2008

Congrats to George and Brad, i wish you all the best.

21. KJTrek - May 17, 2008

In a land not far away enough…

22. Cranston - May 17, 2008

Awesome. Good for them.

23. Kalabro - May 17, 2008

Congratulations, George and Brad!

24. Junk - May 17, 2008

Congrats–What a truly gay day.

25. Lukas - May 17, 2008

Congratulations from Germany to George and Brad! BTW this has been legal over here for quite a while…

26. Denise de Arman - May 17, 2008

Good for them. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be with the person I consider to be my lifemate and not be able to make a marriage commitment if I wanted.

27. Mike Uchman - May 17, 2008

To George and Brad: Congratulations to you both from New York. May your lives together be as happy and fulfilled with adventure as ever before.

-Mike

28. Jackson Roykirk - May 17, 2008

So to those of you who don’t agree with this marriage…I suppose a heterosexual couple who got married for the wrong reasons (i.e. they don’t really love each other) — say for instance Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts — is OK in your book, but a homosexual couple who really do love each other deeply can’t get married??

It seems that I would feel better about a same-sex loving marriage than I would feel about a man and woman getting married who don’t really love each other.

And by the way, I am a straight man, married to a woman, and — believe it or not — a registered Rupublican (but a very moderate one at that).

p.s. — not to pick on Lyle and Julia…I’m sure they were great friends when they got married, but the brevity of their marriage proved they didn’t really love eacher that deeply… but I had to pick some example that we all know about, and they were the ones that came to mind.

29. Jackson Roykirk - May 17, 2008

sorry — I meant Republican

“Rupublican” makes me sound like a ‘red-stater’

30. Anthony Pascale - May 17, 2008

guys lets try and not get political here.

31. CmdrR - May 17, 2008

Best wishes to you, George and Brad. May you have many happy years together.

32. Xai - May 17, 2008

Congrats.

33. Marvin the Martian - May 17, 2008

Congratulations to you both! I hope you have a wonderful ceremony and an even more wonderful life together after that.

(Surprise your invitees by making your wedding cake a pastel borracho version of the traditional tres leches cake. Everyone will rave, and insist that gays get married more often because we have way better taste.)

George, I saw you in the stage version of Equus here in L.A., and you were marvelous.

Again, congrats!

34. Boborci - May 17, 2008

Congrats!

35. Belgarion417 - May 17, 2008

Congratulations, George and Brad from your friends in Las Vegas! Chuck and Travis

36. Marvin the Martian - May 17, 2008

What I meant was… people will insist that they go to gay weddings more often. Ugh. My brain hurtzes.

37. Windsor Bear - May 17, 2008

Congrats Guys. I’m happy for you both.

38. I am not Herbert - May 17, 2008

Congrats! …to you, and to equal rights for all! It’s been too long coming!

Peace & Long Life

Keep fighting the good fight! =)

39. Anthony - May 17, 2008

YEAY!!! I’m SO happy for them. Congrats!

40. NZorak - May 17, 2008

The California decision is a major victory, not just for the gays and lesbians who are directly affected by this, but for equality and personal freedom throughout this country. It saddens me that it there are so many people who are opposed to all people having basic human rights, but at last the state has done the right thing. Hopefully others will follow suit.

And of course, a big congratulations to George and Brad!

41. ShawnP - May 17, 2008

From one potato queen to another, congratulations, George! :-)

42. Jackson Roykirk - May 17, 2008

#30 — Sorry Anthony,

I didn’t mean to pontificate…I just wanted to show that it isn’t only liberals who approve gay marriage. There are many average moderate mainstream (even slightly “right of center”) people who are OK with it also.

Congrats to the happy couple.

43. Magic_Al - May 17, 2008

A few celebrity marriages like this will make passing and ratifying an anti-gay marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution a very noisy battle, perhaps even an uphill battle. No offense to Massachusetts but California being a gay marriage state is a much bigger deal.

So now two states have gay marriage, and potentially three pending final appeal of an Iowa ruling. Six more have civil unions and another five have domestic partnerships. That’s 14 in all that are partly or fully supportive of gay unions. A federal anti-gay marriage amendment will no doubt be attempted, but should it survive the Democratically controlled Congress we’re likely to have for years, it requires ratification in three-fourths of the 50 states to take effect. Depending on the proposed language, there would have to be two of those 14 states with a legislature willing to face the chaos of affecting existing unions among their constituents should they vote to ratify.

44. DEMODE - May 17, 2008

I am very happy for George and his partner. I’m also very happy with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supporting the court ruling.

45. Cato the Llama - May 17, 2008

I apologize for my typos in my last message. “fir nabit” is what you get when you try to type “for many” but aren’t paying attention to the keys. :P

46. J_schinderlin56 - May 17, 2008

George is a nice guy, I hope that he finds the happieness that he’s been looking for.

47. Ryan in Albuquerque - May 17, 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting both George and Brad a couple of years ago. Two of the most thoughtful, forward-thinking and (no pun inteded) down-to-earth human beings I’ve ever encountered…congrats to them!

48. Anthony Pascale - May 17, 2008

OK people a lot of people are not getting the hint

I have had to delete a couple of messages that are inappropriate. If you have issues with same sex marraige or homosexuals, that is something for you to deal with on your own. This is a message about Mr. Takei and his family and if that is hard for you to deal with…move on to another thread.

49. Natalie - May 17, 2008

Congratulations to George and Brad!!! May you have many happy years together.

50. Kigs - May 17, 2008

Congrats guys! Heres to a great union and many more happy years together!:-)

Kigs

51. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - May 17, 2008

Congrats to both. Saw Brad on Howard TV seems like a very genuinely nice guy and clearly wears the pants in the family. All the best

52. James Cawley - May 17, 2008

Way to Go George and Brad congrats from all your Friends At New Voyages/Phase II!
Best,
James Cawley

53. Eric Cheung - May 17, 2008

Congratulations!!! I think it would be wonderful if George Takei wrote a sequel to To the Stars since so much has happened since that book was written.

54. Dr. Cheis - May 17, 2008

Hmm, I was hoping to browse the comments for opposition posts, but it seems that they are against the spirit of this thread and/or website. The only reason I bring this up is because I was curious how fans of Star Trek, which tends to be classicly liberal, who do not support this otherwise happy news would react. It would have been an interesting discrepancy from expectations.

Not to be telling you guys how to run your website or anything. If you want to declare gay-bashers (or even less blatant opponants) forum trolls and remove their comments, TrekMovie.com is well within its rights to do so, as the guys running the site are the ones who can decide what is and is not within the intended spirit and direction of discussion. Although such action does raise grounds for “censorship” and “free speech” claims, I don’t think the action is unreasonable.

My reason for this post is not to protest the action by the moderators, but rather to share my opinion regarding what I came to the thread looking for, as it could be a useful statistic for future content and policy decisions.

That being said, best wishes to the happy couple. :)

55. SciFiMetalGirl - May 17, 2008

That’s AWESOME!!!!! :)))

Congrats to both!!! Very happy for you, George!!! WTG!!!

56. Dr. Image - May 17, 2008

Brad seemed like a great guy when I met him a while back, and George seemed happier than ever.
A big congrats, guys.

57. S. John Ross - May 17, 2008

One step closer to the ideals of Trek.

I first met George Takei when I was a little snot attending my first con as a kid, and over the years I’d see him a few more times at more cons (later on I’d see him in the Green Room), and every time he was funny, quick, warm and approachable to fans, and generous with his time.

That he and his fella can finally put their relationship in these terms is a real victory for them, for our country, and for our culture. And no, I’m not getting misty about it … just a bit of dust in my eye, I’m sure.

Congratulations.

58. DeBeckster - May 17, 2008

#8–Well said! There is no place in and around Star Trek for intolorance. It’s also nice to hear from George that this whole stupid fued thing is overblown. Congrats for George and Brad!

59. thebiggfrogg - May 17, 2008

Congratulations to them both. We are on the way to the 23rd century. Time for the bozos still living in the 14th to grow up!

60. thebiggfrogg - May 17, 2008

#54 I agree that all forms fof speech should be allowed in America, but in certain forums I think an editor (or, should I say in this context, a moderator) has the right to set the tone of his or her publication or website. Not every story makes it into the newspaper. Anthony wants this to be a page of good wishes. If you want to debate the point it isn’t like there aren’t forums for doing so (BBC, CNN, various newspapers and blogs). Here hateful speech would be inappropriate. Reminds me of when I interned for the Scottish Parliament and the woman I was working for was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her P.A. was answering phones and some a****** was spouting off to the P.A. how she will die in the hands of modern medicine and should try some alternative treatment he advocated. He was very vociferous and very blunt in his language. Needless to say her P.A. was nearly in tears. From there on I offered to field the phone calls and play the “dumb American know-nothing” if need be. I’m all for alternative medicine, my Chinese girlfriend is studying to be an accupuncture doctor, but sensitive adults know the time and place to offer their opinions. Its called emotional intelligence. (If opposing comments were banned everywhere, or even in the majority of publications and venues, then I would protest that free speech was not observed).

61. LorienTheYounger - May 17, 2008

And they’ve been together since the mid-80s… this has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Congratulations George & Brad!

62. Shiloh - May 17, 2008

It’s high time !! To marry who you choose. Why is it taking the land of the free so long to understand this! Now, *sigh*, if I could only get Capt. Janeway to marry me. . . .

63. Locutus_of_borg - May 17, 2008

Congratulations George & Brad from Sweden

Borg , Sounds swedish……

64. Astroboy - May 17, 2008

Congrats George and Brad! Have a wonderful life together!

65. An anthropoloy major - May 17, 2008

Intolerance of intolerance is still intolerance

Personally I dont believe in marriage for anyone. It’s an outdated concept.

They never needed to be married, they have been more committed to each other than Shatner and his wives ever were.

66. Tom - May 18, 2008

#48 — so you only delete messages that say same-gender marriages are wrong…. but its perfectly okay to keep the ones that agree with it?

While I don’t have an opinion on the matter, that seems…. rather intolerant of you.

So much for diversity. When it comes to social theory — everyone has to walk in lock-step.

Are you as diligent in deleting discussions that are peripheral to the central threads?

67. Iowagirl - May 18, 2008

Congrats to them both and many many happy years together!!

And I also appreciate Takei’s comment on the “feud”.

68. Salamander Cake - May 18, 2008

Wow, I’m so confused. I don’t know what to think anymore. I need guidance. Why is it that humans change so much? I am opinionless on this situation, but just think about it in the whole world and time scope. Just fifty years ago people were saying this kind of thing was wrong, but now it isn’t. Why isn’t everything thing else that was viewed as wrong back then allowed today? Does that mean everything that’s wrong today was okay back then? Maybe I’m too neurotic, someone help me out with this.

69. thebiggfrogg - May 18, 2008

Re #65: So, intolerance of intolerance is still intolerance. So, say hi-de-ho to those KKK and Nazis in your midst. God forbid we be intolerant. Some things are just wrong. What people do in their own home is no matter for anyone else. These guys probably have more love for each other than most heterosexual couples probably do (as one of the posters said, more long-term commitment than Shatner and his wives, where is the sanctity of marriage in that?).

70. martin - May 18, 2008

First- Good for George and Brad. I wish them as much happiness in the future.

Second- To Anthony, delete this message if you want- but it is wrong of you to allow political opinion in these congratulatory messages that you agree with and then delete political opinion that you don’t. If you want to ban the views that you don’t agree with, you should at least just ban any opinion at all, and just say that people can put warm wishes alone in their messages on this thread.

71. Ingo - May 18, 2008

@68:
The people have realized that THEY have been wrong (and not the others) with their views and judges about other. Did the people KNOW how the others felt? No.

It IS natural, that other people which are suppressed and have no rights stand up and fight for it.
SO happened with the slavery, so happend with woman rights, so happened the Apartheid and so on.

Were would mankind be, if other people would accept that they have no rights? And WHY should they?
We still would live in the dark ages.
Ah, and i can’t see anything unnatural and immoral, when 2 people care a lifetime about each other!

It is VERY ridiculous that especially some fans of a fictional universe which praises “IDIC” still think that way…is it MORE natural that sexuality between different species is possible, as it was showed in so many Star Trek episodes?
How logical is THAT??? Nobody cares about that…
Can somebody explain it WHY it is ok that Capt. Kirk has a babe on every alien planet?

72. Robert Bernardo - May 18, 2008

Congratulations, George and Brad!

73. Charles Trotter - May 18, 2008

Oh, my! Congratulations, George and Brad! All the best to you both!

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