11:09 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 09/15/2008 01:50AM
George Takei and his longtime partner, Brad Altman, were wed Sunday evening in a Buddhist ceremony in downtown Los Angeles.
"All I can remember is what the priest said," Takei told PEOPLE after the ceremony. "That this moment will never happen again. It's something to savor."
Nearly 200 of the couple's friends attended the event, which began as a kimono-clad koto player plucked out tunes on the ancient Japanese stringed instrument. Afterward, the couple sipped sake from red lacquer cups, then said their vows to one another while standing within a circle of yellow rose petals.
Originally posted 06/17/2008 07:20PM
Star Trek's George Takei is one step closer to the altar.
The 71-year-old actor and longtime partner Brad Altman, 54, received a marriage license from the City of West Hollywood on Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first gay Californians to obtain a license since the state Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriages last month.
"We are first and foremost beyond delighted!" an ecstatic Takei told PEOPLE minutes after he obtained the license. "It's a landmark day."
Originally posted 06/02/2008 05:00PM
Star Trek star George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, have
just set their wedding date – September 14 – and at least two of Takei's former cast-mates plan to attend.
"The best man is my colleague from Star Trek, Walter Koenig, who played Chekov, and the matron of honor is (Lt.) Uhura, Nichelle Nichols," Takei tells PEOPLE. "And Leonard (Nimoy) and his wife Susan are on the (guest) list."
Takei was at Equality Maryland's seventh annual Night Out for Equality gala on Sunday night in Bethesda, where he was honored for his advocacy work in support of same-sex marriage.
The 71-year old actor is also in a new Adam Sandler comedy movie opening on Thursday, You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
While marrying Altman is something Takei's dreamed about for a very long time – they've been together 21 years – the proposal wasn't exactly how he'd imagined it.
"We knew that the (California State) Supreme Court was going to be coming down with their ruling" legalizing gay marriage, Takei said. "(We'd heard) that it was probably going to be positive. So I was planning on asking Brad to get married.
"We were at home in the kitchen and we had the TV going, and when the word came down suddenly Brad got on his knees in front of me," Takei continued. "And I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'George, will you marry me?' I said 'Yes. You beat me to it. I meant to ask you.'"
Originally posted 05/19/2008 01:00PM
George Takei is the latest celebrity to announce plans to wed after California's Supreme Court allowed gay marriage under the state's constitution.
"Our California dream is reality," the former Star Trek star, 71, wrote in a post on his Web site. "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!"
Takei, who came out in 2005, has been with his partner for over 21 years.
"We've shared the good times as well as struggled through the bad," the post says. "He helped me care for my ailing mother who lived with us for the last years of her life. He is my love and I can't imagine life without him. Now, we can have the dignity, as well as all the responsibilities, of marriage. We embrace it all heartily."
Originally posted 10/28/2005 08:00AM
Veteran Star Trek star George Takei, who for four decades played the Starship Enterprise's helmsman Sulu on the small and big screens, has come out as a gay man in the current issue of Frontiers, a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.
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