Star Trek actor George Takei ”disappointed” by gay marriage ban

November 8th, 2008 - 2:40 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 8 (ANI): Former Star Trek actor George Takei has expressed his disappointment over the passing of a ban on same-sex marriage in California.

Takei, known for his role in the sci-fi series, and his long-term partner, Brad Altman, were the first to receive a marriage licence in West Hollywood after the court ruling.

He expressed his disappointment after the people of California voted to put a stop to gay marriage.

“There are going to be heartbreaks, setbacks and sacrifices to be made, but we will soldier on,” the Scotsman quoted Takei, as saying.

The Proposition 8 that seeks to ban same-sex marriages has stirred anger, protests, lawsuits and a deep sense of loss among gays in California.

Moreover, three lawsuits have already been filed by Wednesday night and others were being prepared.

“Government did not create marriage, and neither politicians nor legislators have the right to redefine its basic meaning,” Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organisation for Marriage California, said.

“Common sense, and concern for the common good, trumped ideology, bigotry and power politics here in California,” he added.

Nearly 52 pct of Californian voters favoured the ban, versus 48 per cent against. (ANI)

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