Takei Wedding
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George Takei Statement on Prop 8

Last night, I was filled with pride to be an American. It was an exhilarating night of celebration. Barack Obama's victory was a miraculous moment in our history. It was a night of joy, yet, President-elect Obama reminded us of the long road, the steep road, that lies ahead for us as a nation. And indeed, as a Californian, I was profoundly mindful of the challenges ahead. The discriminatory Proposition 8 on the California ballot was winning. Our fight for marriage equality was going down to defeat. It was astounding to think that the hard-won equality that made my recent marriage to Brad Altman would no longer be possible for others. The evening became bittersweet. It is now Wednesday morning - the day after the election. The words from Barack Obama's victory speech still resonates in my mind. What an amazing night it was - the culmination of a turbulent struggle against a disgraceful history of slavery, prejudice and racial conflict. The road ahead is long, the road will be steep, he said. Our struggles for equality for another minority, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender, will be no different. There will be setbacks, disappointments and sacrifices to be made. Barack Obama spoke of the "renewed promise" of America. It happened last night with the presidency. And equality and justice will happen for us as well. We will make it happen. Yes we can.
--George Takei, November 5, 2008

GEORGE TAKEI MARRIES LONGTIME PARTNER BRAD ALTMAN

WEDDING VOWS
What George Takei and Brad Altman vowed to each other during their wedding ceremony at the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on September 14, 2008.

Brad Altman's Vows
Over the more than 21 years we have been together, I have called you many things. Some of the things I have called you I can repeat here. I have called you:
--my life partner,
--my significant other,
--my longtime companion,
--my lover.

Now the California Supreme Court says our Golden State has marriage equality. Beginning today, a dream comes true for me. I can add "my husband" to the list of things I call you.George, I pledge to love you in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad times. I vow to love you always as my lawfully wedded husband.

George Takei's Vows
Brad, I first saw you about twenty-five years ago at a Frontrunner's run around Silver Lake reservoir. I thought you were drop-dead gorgeous! Then I saw that you were the best runner in the club to boot. Later, I learned that you had already run two marathons. I decided you were going to train me for my first marathon. And you did. You did a good job because I finished that 26.2 mile run. Since then, we've been running the marathon of life together for the last 21 years.

In those years, we've come to know each others' strengths, shortcomings, and where we complement each other. Brad, you are an organized, detail-obsessed, punctuality driven control freak. I'm easy-going with details. So we're a perfect fit. We've worked together, achieved together, and enjoyed the fruits of our achievements together.

When my mother became ill and no longer could take care of herself, we moved her in with us. And you helped me care for her with the devotion and affection of a true son. So my vow to you is also a tribute to you.

As we bind our love with this wedding ceremony, in this forum of democracy, in this September of my life, I vow to care for you as you've cared for me, cherish you with all my heart, and love you as my husband and the only man in my life. I love you very much.

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