Star Trek's Mr. Sulu ties the knot

When the California Supreme Court made the historic decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage earlier this year, Star Trek actor George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, were some of the first in line for a license. This Sunday, September 14, the pair made it official in a Los Angeles ceremony that included nearly 200 of their friends.

Takei and Altman chose to marry at downtown LA's Japanese American National Museum, and were joined at the altar by fellow Star Trek alumni Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols, who acted as best man and matron of honor, respectively. The Buddhist ceremony boasted some international flair thanks to Native American wedding rings, a bagpipe procession, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and more.

Civil rights activism has been a lifelong passion for Takei, whose family was held in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, and he views his marriage as another step in the movement for equality.

"We have a relationship that's been stronger and longer-lived than some of our straight friends, and yet we were not equal," Takei told the Associated Press. "What this does is give us that dignity; [it's] being part of the American system and being whole. We're making the American system whole as well, as America is becoming more equal."

That heartfelt sentiment went home with the wedding guests, each of whom was given an assortment of Japanese tea-ceremony treats packaged in boxes bearing the phrase "May sweet equality live long and prosper."

TV.com wishes all the best to the newlyweds, and invites you to share your congratulations in the comments section. Ain't love grand?

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Takei and Altman might have gotten a couple toasters and even some china out of their public commemoration of taking it up the tailpipe, but they're not married. And yes, I know I'm inciting the "tolerant," shove-homosexuality-down-your-throat movement of this generation, but frankly, I don't care. Love is grand, but marriage by definition will only ever be between a man and a woman. Sorry if you protest.



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Mr. Takei, your o.k.
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Ewwww! This is SO gross!!! I mean . . . really . . . How can we society allow marriage between people whose ages are so far apart??? (HA! I'll bet you thought I was going to say something else, right?)
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This is so bad.
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Good for them!
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Adorable! What a beautiful ceremony. Live long and prosper, indeed.
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Really cool!
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Good for them, hope they have a happy life together.
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congrats :)
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Congrats and all the Best! :)
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Yeah!
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Good for them - everyone deserves to be happy.
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Mr Sulu we love you. Congrats to the happy couple.
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haha I drove by that place all the time when i was in school. That would have been a rather bizzare and unexpected site to behold had I been driving to get Sushi for dinner that day.
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Congratulations. I'm most happy for you.
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Congrats to them.
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Best wishes to the happy couple.
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A very heartfelt congratulations to the both of you :-D
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Congrats guys!!
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Congrats George and Brad!!!!
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ahhhh that's sweet, may they live long and prosper!
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Congrads Takei! I hope he will still be involved with some heroes flashbacks!
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WTG Mr Sulu.
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