Openly gay actor George Takei has admonished Utah Governor Gary Herbert over his decision to not recognize the marriages of some 1,300 gay and lesbian couples.

“Why is your Governor Gary Herbert so mean?” he rhetorically and repeatedly asked during an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune.

“Your governor seems to believe in governing by hysteria.”

“Your Governor Herbert is consciously bringing harm to 2,600 citizens of Utah,” added Takei, who married his husband Brad Altman in 2008. “That's mean-spirited. He didn't have to do that. Your governor is trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.”

A documentary on the life of Takei is among the LGBT films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The 76-year-old Takei will attend Saturday's premiere of Director Jennifer Kroot's To Be Takei.

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