But was the trip to promote the documentary 'To Be Takei" worth all the trouble?
"Oh, yes," Takei said enthusiastically. "Because we're very proud of the documentary and we want everyone to see it. So we're going to invest our time and energy in spreading the word."
Takei appeared at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote his appearance in the upcoming season of PBS' "Pioneers of Television," but Utah was still on his mind. He's still clearly put out at the actions of Utah's governor, who is refusing to recognize the same-sex marriages performed after Utah's ban was struck down and before the Supreme Court issued a stay.
"And 1,300-plus couples got married in a very brief period of time, which shows that there is a hunger for marriage," Takei said. "But the governor, Gary Herbert, went a step further. The 1,300 marriages that occurred, the state of Utah will not recognize.
"The couples that got married in that brief time were lawfully married. They paid the fee. And this governor is saying, 'No, I'm not going to dignify that.' It's clearly unconstitutional."
By the way, this was without any prompting from the only Utah journalist in the room.