Ellen DeGeneres, ‘Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and ‘American Idol’ alum Adam Lambert are among the out entertainers who were quick to celebrate a judge’s ruling that aims to overturn the “Prop 8” gay marriage ban in California.
“This just in: Equality won!” Ellen effused on Twitter after the news broke. Shortly thereafter, the talk show host – who wed actress Portia De Rossi (‘Ally McBeal’) at a time when Cali was OK with same-sex unions – used her blog to relate, “When Prop 8 was passed two years ago, I said, ‘One day we will look back and realize how wrong this is.’ Now, we’ve made a huge step forward.”
“In today’s ruling, the court stated that Prop 8 ‘fails to advance any rational basis’ for denying the right to marry, and the court is right,” she added. “We’re all equal, and we should all have equal rights. I’m so grateful for today’s decision.”
As were others in the entertainment community.
“We’re gonna throw glitter on this barn tonight!!!” ‘Idol’s Glambert said – and you felt he meant it. “I’m glad California has restored the right for ALL of its citizens to marry whoever they please!” he added. “Equal rights are very Glam!”
‘Modern Family’s Ferguson – who is openly gay on and off screen – called the ruling “Amazing news.”
And yes, of course the noisy Perez Hilton got in his two cents: “Tonight, we celebrate…. [It] is a great day for all Californians!”
Others who cheered the news:
Olivia Wilde, ‘House’: “YAY for civil rights! Hateful 8 is finally dead. Let’s hear it for Judge Vaughn Walker and the US Constitution!”
Sophia Bush, ‘One Tree Hill’: “A MAJOR step forward. Everyone deserves the right to love whomever they choose. I am proud to be from Cali again!”
Christina Applegate, formerly of ‘Samantha Who’: “I am crying with absolute joy! Thank you thank you thank you for letting equality win. All men and women are created equal! Period.”
Julie Benz, ‘Dexter’/’No Ordinary Family’: “Finally [Prop 8 has been overturned]! Lets keep it that way!”
Benz’s “Let’s keep it that way” sentiment makes an important point – though Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker delivered the ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional, his order to overturn is under appeal and will next hit the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals. Gay marriages cannot resume in California until the appeal process is finished, with perhaps even the Supreme Court having a say.
Until then, the court of public opinion shall be heard, and it’s important to note that not everyone in the entertainment biz is over the moon about the overturned ban.
‘Chuck’ toughie Adam Baldwin – a veteran and popular actor never afraid to wear his politics on his sleeve – remarked on Twitter with some sarcasm, “Thank God there are mastermind judges to overrule the will of the People. What’s next, Amendment I, V, X?” Apparently met with some backlash for his POV, he later said, “I thank all those who argue rationally & thoughtfully on controversial issues. Those who brandish intolerance are disappointments.”