George Takei, Brad Altman get married in L.A.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi may have had a nice, quiet wedding ceremony, but The Juice* predicted George Takei and Brad Altman (with Star Trek alumni Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig above) would have an affair to remember, and was it ever. When the two longtime partners married Sunday in L.A., their fete featured a Buddhist priest, Native American Wedding bands, a Japanese koto harp and a bagpipe procession, the AP reports. But wait, there's more.
The couple walked into the room at the Japanese American National Museum in L.A. to the sounds of One Singular Sensation from A Chorus Line, stepping into a circle of yellow roses and lilies for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Takei, 71, and Altman, 54, have been together for 21 years, which is more than we can say for most straight couples we know.
"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 AP. "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."