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After 21 years together, famous gay couple George Takei and Brad Altman marry on September 14, 2008.

After 21 years together, famous gay couple George Takei and Brad Altman married on September 14, 2008.

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After 21 years together, 71-year-old George Takei (Heroes, Star Trek, The Howard Stern Show) and 54-year-old Brad Altman married on September 14, 2008 in Los Angeles California. Two hundred guests, best man Walter Koenig (who played Chekov on Star Trek) and "best lady" Nichelle Nichols (who played Uhura on Star Trek), attended the ceremony at the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum.

Takei and Altman were the first couple to receive a marriage license in the City of West Hollywood when California began issuing them to gay couples on June 17.

Wedding Vows:
These are the vows George and Brad exchanged at their wedding:

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... more
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