Wednesday, February 26, 2014
(Phoenix, AZ) -- Former "Star Trek" star George Takei is condemning Arizona's new anti-gay bill and threatening to boycott. In a scathing "Dear Arizona" letter posted online, the 76-year-old actor called the proposed legislation "a Jim Crow law" and "the new segregation." Referred to as the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," the controversial bill allows business owners to deny services to gays and other groups if they find it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Takei's husband, Brad Altman, is from Phoenix, Arizona. In his open letter, the actor shares that he and Altman have close friends in the state and spend vacations there annually but won't be spending another "red cent" in Arizona if Governor Jan Brewer signs the bill into law. Takei says they will also urge others to boycott the state and hit Arizona in the pocketbook if Brewer doesn't veto the bill.