Celebrities React to Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

Bold-faced names - both gay and straight - took to Twitter heralding the historic announcements

By Colin Bertram
|  Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013  |  Updated 1:01 PM CDT
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Reaction to Supreme Court's Gay Rights Decisions

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Actress Portia de Rossi, left, and television personality Ellen DeGeneres

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Celebrities took to social media to celebrate the Supreme Court rulings regarding same-sex marriage Wednesday, heralding the historic announcements on Twitter.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays one half of a gay couple on the television sitcom "Modern Family" tweeted: "Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!"

Only minutes later, the actor followed up with: "Remember the old days when #DOMA was around and gay people couldn't get married in California? Crazy right!?"

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision, which means the federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages in the 12 states and Washington, D.C, where gay marriage is legal.

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In separate decision, the court allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California, saying it could not take up a challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage that voters approved in 2008.

Ellen DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 before Proposition 8 ended same-sex marriage in California, intially retweeted President Obama's message on the DOMA ruling and then added her views: "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

"Huzzah! Christmas comes six months early this year! (Less one day…)," tweeted Neil Patrick Harris.

"DOMA and Prop 8 should get married," quipped Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers).

Emotions continued to run high throughout the morning as the news quickly spread.

"I never dreamed I would see this day. The whole world has changed for us all. I can't believe it!! #DOMA #Equality," said Bravo's Andy Cohen (@bravoandy).

"#Prop8 is mo more. Marriage equality & the freedom so many sought is here. At the end of the day we are ALL people who deserve equality!!," tweeted Marlee Matlin

"Human rights are universal, marriage is a human right, gay people are human, we exist in this universe. #NotThatComplicated," tweeted author Dan Savage, who began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

In answer to those upset over the rulings, comedy queen Joan Rivers joked: "Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner."

 

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