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West Hollywood: A happy star's trek to a wedding license

June 17, 2008 | 10:04 am

Sulu_2 The media swarmed "Star Trek" actor George Takei as he and his partner, Brad Altman, boldly went where few had gone before.

"I think it's a glorious California morning to make history,'' said Takei, beaming before a clutch of reporters and TV cameras. The actor played played Mr. Sulu, the helmsman on the starship Enterprise, on the original Star Trek series. "Congratulations to all of us: May equality live long and prosper."

Even as the media focused on them, other couples were filing into an auditorium that had been converted to a licensing facility by the county. Marriages were to be performed in the park outside the auditorium. West Hollywood City Council members were deputized to officiate, along with senior city staffers. Clergymen were also on hand to perform religious ceremonies.

One man in a red devil's mask held a sign that read: "Pervert weddings done here."

---Duke Helfand

Photo: Barbara Davison/Los Angeles Times