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Takei-Altman Wedding Vows
Following the celebrated wedding of George Takei and Brad Altman, with the couple's permission we are sharing the wedding vows they wrote and recited to each other.
Be sure to check out this week's PEOPLE magazine, on sale Friday, for exclusive photos of the ceremony.
BRAD'S VOWS: Over the more than 21 years we have been together, I have called you many things. Some of the things I have called you I can repeat here. I have called you:
--my life partner,
--my significant other,
--my longtime companion,
Now the California Supreme Court says our Golden State has marriage equality. Beginning today, a dream comes true for me. I can add “my husband” to the list of things I call you.
George, I pledge to love you in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad times.
I vow to love you always as my lawfully wedded husband.
GEORGE'S VOWS: Brad, I first saw you about twenty-five years ago at a Frontrunner’s run around Silver Lake reservoir. I thought you were drop-dead gorgeous! Then I saw that you were the best runner in the club to boot. Later, I learned that you had already run two marathons. I decided you were going to train me for my first marathon. And you did. You did a good job because I finished that 26.2 mile run. Since then, we’ve been running the marathon of life together for the last 21 years.
In those years, we’ve come to know each others’ strengths, shortcomings, and where we complement each other. Brad, you are an organized, detail obsessed, punctuality driven control freak. I’m easy-going with details. So we’re a perfect fit. We’ve worked together, achieved together, and enjoyed the fruits of our achievements together.
When my mother became ill and no longer could take care of herself, we moved her in with us. And you helped me care for her with the devotion and affection of a true son. So my vow to you is also a tribute to you.
As we bind our love with this wedding ceremony, in this forum of democracy, in this September of my life, I vow to care for you as you’ve cared for me, cherish you with all my heart, and love you as my husband and the only man in my life. I love you very much.
photo: Mario G. Reyes