Star Trek’s George Takei: Why Is Utah Guv ‘So Mean’ On Gay Marriage?


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has won the ire of Star Trek actor George Takei in response to the governor’s efforts to fight a ruling overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Takei is most famous for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series.

“Why is your Governor Gary Herbert so mean?” Takei said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune. Takei got married to his longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008. “Your governor seems to believe in governing by hysteria.”

Most recently Herbert told state agencies that Utah’s recognition of same-sex marriages were on hold until the Supreme Court issued a final ruling on the matter. Herbert’s resistance started after after a federal judge in the state struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.

“Your Governor Herbert is consciously bringing harm to 2,600 citizens of Utah,” Takei said. “That’s mean-spirited. He didn’t have to do that. Your governor is trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.”

(H/t: Huffington Post)