George Takei: Donald Trump Attended "Beautiful" Gay Marriage Yet Won't Support It
"'Traditional marriage' is where two people love each other, commit to each other, care for each other over the years. It is a meaningful ceremony, and his interpretation of that is not recognizing what real marriage is.”
George Takei says he once had a fascinating conversation about gay marriage with Donald Trump and, on Monday, the Star Trek legend recounted the details to MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell.
"I challenged him to have lunch with me so that we can discuss marriage equality," he recalled of a Celebrity Apprentice press conference two years ago. "He did accept, and we had that lunch. When I again met him, he said, 'You know what, George? I just came from a gay marriage' — he had come from a wedding of a very important Broadway personality, Jordan Roth [who wed producer Richie Jackson]. ... He told me, 'They're good friends of mine. It was a beautiful marriage. They're wonderful friends.'"
Yet when Takei asked Trump why he can't then support same-sex marriage, especially if he attends them, "he said, 'Well, I'm for traditional marriage,' and we had a long discussion over lunch. We finally agreed to disagree — he was for traditional marriage, despite the fact that he'd been married three times. That is not traditional."
"I approve of his three-time marriage because you want to find the person that you love, but the important thing here is to understand that our democracy is a dynamic democracy, and our Constitution is a living document, it's not carved in stone," Takei continued.
"I think Donald Trump's interpretation of marriage is something that he himself doesn't really believe in. 'Traditional marriage' is where two people love each other, commit to each other, care for each other over the years. It is a meaningful ceremony, and his interpretation of that is not recognizing what real marriage is."
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