June 18th, 2008

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george takei and brad altman get marriage license

George Takei (who looks damn good for 71yo) and his long-time partner Brad Altman were the first same-sex couple ever to receive their marriage license in the City of West Hollywood today. YAY! The couple has been together for 21 years and were invited to be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony inviting committed gay and lesbian couples into West Hollywood Park to receive their license.

Takei had this to say on his website:

We are back at our home in Los Angeles after a hurly burly morning in West Hollywood, where we applied and received our marriage license.

We are feeling a combination of exhaustion and exhilaration after sharing the morning with hundreds of other couples taking this historic opportunity.

Although we were put in the media spotlight because of my Star Trek fame, we felt one with everyone’s joy on this landmark occasion.

The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind. Our trek to the alter began at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning when we crawled out of bed to get ready to appear on the CBS Early Show, and it never stopped.

We were interviewed by tons of electronic media, including ET, Access Hollywood, CNN (including its Latino arm), and Inside Edition. We even did some interviews with Nippon TV and Sankei Shimbun from Japan. We cannot possibly keep track of all the print and radio interviews we are still giving today and throughout this week.

This is a glorious California morning of making history.

Now the love that Brad Altman and I have shared for each other for these last 21 years will be recognized and celebrated joyfully when we get married in September.

(via Damon Romine, Entertainment Media Director, GLAAD)

Takei and Altman will have a wedding ceremony in September in the Democracy Room of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

(photos via Jezebel)