Star Trek's Sulu: Young, Straight Couples ‘Making the Gay Babies of Tomorrow’

By Craig Millward | October 21, 2013 | 4:31 PM EDT

Actor George Takei  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

( - Speaking on LGBT issues at the National Press Club on Friday, actor George Takei said he loved young, straight couples “because they’re going to be making the gay babies of tomorrow.”

“I love young people, especially young, straight couples, because they’re going to be making the gay babies of tomorrow,” said Takei, who is best known for playing Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the “Star Trek” TV series and movies.

Takei said he began actively speaking for LGBT issues after then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the Marriage Equality Bill in 2005.

“Thirteen states plus this city, our national capital, has marriage equality, but our work is not done yet, because when I pledge allegiance to the flag, I pledge allegiance to one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. We have divided our nation, one-third with equality and two-thirds with people who hunger for equality but do not have it,” he said.

“Our work is not done, but I’m optimistic, because recently in California, the California field poll showed that 78 percent of young people under 39 support and support strongly equality for LGBT people - 78 percent. It’s a matter of time. I’m very optimistic,” Takei said.

Takei said that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the “Defense of Marriage Act” were “legalistic barbed wires…of prejudice and ignorance.” He also said that gays and lesbians who served in the military during the time of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” were “true patriots.”