George Takei and his husband Brad Altman urge same-sex couples to complete the 2010 census and show America how many of them are in a marriage or consider themselves married even if not legally wed.
Takei, complete in a Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan uniform, urged fellow gay couples to participate in the census. “[You may ask] why I’m still wearing this Starfleet uniform,” he said. “It’s to get you to actually listen to this important message, that affects how our community and marriages such as ours are viewed by this nation. Be counted!”
“This is the first time in history the census is counting marriages like ours,” said Altman.
“It doesn’t matter whether you have a legal marriage license or not,” said Takei. “It only matters if you consider yourself married. That’s what the census is asking for, for people to identify how they view themselves.”
Takei then explained how to fill out the census, showing which box to check off for those couples who consider themselves married, and which box to check off for those couples who although they are in a relationship, don’t consider themselves married.
“So fill out the census, and let’s show America how many of us are joined in beautiful loving marriages,” said Altman.