George Takei To Utah: “Your Governor Is Trying To Put Toothpaste Back In The Tube”

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 3.45.15 PMNoted gay rights activist and social media socialite George Takei is headed to Utah this week for the Sundance premiere of To Be Takei, a feature length documentary about his life. Ahead of his trip, Takei spoke candidly with The Salt Lake Tribune about—you guessed it—the state’s recent flip-flopping on marriage equality.

“Why is your Governor Gary Herbert so mean?”, he asked repeatedly in a phone interview:

Your governor seems to believe in governing by hysteria.

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

Earlier this month, Gov. Herbert announced that he would no longer recognize the marriages of more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples who were *legally* married in the state during its short-lived two weeks of marriage equality.

Marriage equality in the state is now “on hold until further notice,” or, as soon as the US Supreme Court tells Utah the exact same thing it told the entire country last June—that discrimination is unconstitutional.

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  • mrsbuela

    Love George!

    That man does more for LGBT rights in an hour than the Log Cabin idiots and GOProud managed to do in decades.

    Yeah ol buela went there honey!

  • Dakotahgeo

    I tire of Utah’s or any other States’ Republican/American christian Taliban retards. Let them learn the hard way. That always seems to be the final solution (?).

  • Harley

    @Dakotahgeo: That’s exactly what the Republican/American christian Taliban retards want. Is a “final solution” for gays, a la Hitler. “The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theater, and in the press – in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excesses during recent years.” – Hitler
    The Speeches of Adolph Hitler, 1922-1939, Vol. 1 (London, Oxford University Press, 1942), pg. 871-872

  • robirob

    I am not a religious or cult person, but I would so join Takei if he ever considers to form a ‘Oh My!” cult. That guy is a national treasure.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Harley: Thanks. It’s a pretty sick situation, but thank God there are enough true Christians that will not let that happen in this country. The small vocal minority use bullhorns but their voices are very quiet when compared to those of us who would stop at nothing to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again! I have no problems with keeping records of comments that sound even a little bit suspicious. It does work! Again, my thanks!

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  • SteveDenver

    What a wonderful man. He had a memorable acting career, did the geek-con’s, and has become a leading sensible voice for human rights.

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