George Takei and Brad Altman
The California Supreme Court's decision to uphold the state's gay-marriage ban won't affect George Takei's marriage, but the actor is still unhappy with the ruling.
Although the court upheld Proposition 8, a ballot initiative passed by voters in November that banned gay marriage, the ruling held that the nearly 18,000 marriages that took place before the vote — including Takei's Sept. 14 wedding to longtime partner Brad Altman — are still valid. Takei said the ruling is bittersweet.
"They decided to be indecisive," Takei tells TVGuide.com. "It was a ruling that doesn't resolve anything because there is still inequality. It's like [George Orwell's Animal Farm] — some pigs are more equal than other pigs. We're more equal than some of the other gays and lesbians."
Takei slammed the court for changing sides on the issue. "This Supreme Court, which only 12 months ago — last year in May — ruled that it is a fundamental constitutional right that marriage equality extend to gays and lesbians, did a flip-flop," he said. "This so-called ruling by the California Supreme Court will ultimately be condemned by history."
Takei says he expects the battle to continue with an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or another vote in 2010. But he is hopeful for a result that will allow all gay and lesbian couples the same privileges he now enjoys.
"[It] is going to be the same song and dance over again, but by that time, I think the vote will have changed and we will prevail."
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