Star Trek actor George Takei has been left with bittersweet feelings about the election of Barack Obama - because his success came with the failure of a bid to keep gay marriage legal in California.
Just over 52 per cent of those who voted on Proposition 8 opposed May's (08) Supreme Court ruling, which legalised same-sex unions.
Takei, who took advantage of the new legislation and wed his partner Brad Altman in September (08), tells, "Last night, I was filled with pride to be an American. It was an exhilarating night of celebration. Barack Obama’s victory was a miraculous moment in our history.
"(But at the same time) our fight for marriage equality was going down to defeat. It was astounding to think that the hard won equality that made my recent marriage to Brad Altman would no longer be possible for others.
"The evening became bittersweet... The road ahead is long, the road will be steep.”
But Takei is prepared for another fight: "Our struggles for equality for another minority, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered, will be no different. There will be setbacks, disappointments and sacrifices to be made. Barack Obama spoke of the 'renewed promise' of America. It happened last night with the presidency. And equality and justice will happen for us as well. We will make it happen. Yes we can."