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Star Trek's Takei marries partner

Nichelle Nichols, Brad Altman, George Takei and Walter Koenig
The couple were joined by Takei's Star Trek co-stars at the wedding

Former Star Trek actor George Takei has married his long-term partner in a Buddhist ceremony in Los Angeles.

Takei, 71, who played Mr Sulu in the sci-fi series, married business manager Brad Altman, 54, in front of a number of his Star Trek co-stars.

They included best man Walter Koenig, who played Chekhov, and matron-of-honour Nichelle Nichols - Uhura.

The wedding - at Japanese American National Museum - came after California lifted a ban on same-sex marriage.

The couple, who have been together for 21 years, wore matching white tuxedos in the ceremony.

Takei, who recently appeared in US TV show Heroes, said in his vows that Altman was "an organised, detailed-obsessed, punctuality-driven control freak".

"I'm easygoing so we're a good fit," he added.

Speaking before the ceremony, Takei said: "We have a relationship that's been stronger and longer-lived than some of our straight friends and yet we were not equal.

"What this does is give us that dignity."

The couple were among the first Californian couples to receive a wedding licence when the state lifted its same-sex marriage ban on 17 June.




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