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05/19/2008

Sulu sets phaser to 'stunning ceremony'

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 3-118First Degeneres made her announcement. Now George Takei is entering the celebrity engagement party game. The "Star Trek" and "Heroes" star posted his plans on his website over the weekend:

As a Japanese American, I am keenly mindful of the subtle and not so subtle discrimination that the law can impose. During World War II, I grew up imprisoned behind the barbed wire fences of U.S. internment camps. Pearl Harbor had been bombed and Japanese Americans were rounded up and incarcerated simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Fear and war hysteria swept the nation. A Presidential Executive Order directed the internment of Japanese Americans as a matter of national security. Now, with the passage of time, we look back and see it as a shameful chapter of American history. President Gerald Ford rescinded the Executive Order that imprisoned us. President Ronald Reagan formally apologized for the unjust imprisonment. President George H.W. Bush signed the redress payment checks to the survivors. It was a tragic and dark taint on American history.

With time, I know the opposition to same sex marriage, too, will be seen as an antique and discreditable part of our history. As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy remarked on same sex marriage, "Times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper, in fact, serve only to oppress."

For now, Brad and I are enjoying the delicious dilemma of deciding where, when, and how we will be married. Marriage equality took a long time, but, like fine wine, its bouquet is simply exquisite.

Wow, that's some prose. Brad, you best start working on your vows now!

Marriage Equality Comes to California [George Takei]

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Your thoughts

When I was 5 years old, and watching reruns of Star Trek, I knew that I was gay because I thought that Sulu and Chekhov were HOT! Who would'a thunk?

Posted by: Dick Mills | May 19, 2008 2:20:24 PM

All absurdity aside, George Takei has led a remarkable and fascinating life. Doncha' think?

Posted by: Beej the Pink Sheep | May 19, 2008 9:24:17 PM

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