Heroes’ George Takei Weds Longtime Partner
Photo Courtesy of Tom Atwood Photography | Story by Damon Romine Los Angeles, September 14, 2008 - Actor George Takei (Heroes, Star Trek, The Howard Stern Show) wed longtime partner Brad Altman today in Los Angeles. The couple married in a religious ceremony in the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum, the museum Takei helped create to honor those forced, as he was, to live in WWII internment camps.
Officiated by a Buddhist priest, the ceremony featured koto music and the san-san-kudo sake ritual. Takei, 71, and Altman, 54, exchanged matching turquoise wedding bands designed by a Navajo silversmith Clyde Woody. As the couple exited the service, hands clasped, Takei declared in true Star Trek fashion, “May equality live long and prosper!” The famous Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles performed at the reception.
Among the 200 wedding guests were U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry, humanitarian Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton, the couple’s best man Walter Koenig, (Chekov, Star Trek), and “best lady” Nichelle Nichols (Uhura, Star Trek). News of the nuptials was celebrated by equal rights advocates fighting Proposition 8, a California ballot measure that seeks to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
“The lifelong promise George and Brad made to each other, in the presence of friends and family, is an affirmation of the love and commitment that they have shared for twenty one years,” says Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The couple was the first to receive a marriage license in the City of West Hollywood when California began granting licenses to gay couples on June 17 of this year.
Takei and Altman will honeymoon in Argentina and Peru.