Celebrities Who Support Marriage Equality & Have Been Especially (& Awesomely) Outspoken About It
The decision we've all been waiting for is finally here. The Supreme Court has finally made their gay marriage ruling and now same-sex marriage will be legal across the country, which is obviously a huge deal — and a huge reason to celebrate. SCOTUS ruled that states can no longer ban same-sex couples from marrying. And even though making this basic right legal is in all 50 states for the first time in United States' history was a huge group effort, it's always awesome when celebrities step forward and stand up for those who may not be heard as loudly as they are. It's awesome to know that those who are in positions of power and who serve as role models for so many people have been willing to fight for same-sex marriage, whether the decision would directly affect their lives or not.
And although celebrities who support same-sex marriage are in large numbers, these are a few who have been especially outspoken about marriage equality. Without them using their voices to spread the word and helping make an impact on the way our country views same-sex marriage, we could have ended up with a different outcome.
Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell
Shepard and Bell refused to get married until it was legal for their gay friends, so when the Defense of Marriage act was overturned in 2013, Bell re-proposed to Shepard on Twitter. In 2012, a year earlier, she explained their choice to The Advocate like this:
Yeah, I get a ton of questions about when Dax and I are getting married. I usually blow them off because it’s nobody’s business. To be honest with you — and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place — the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant. Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period. Listen, we’re on your side. I recently tweeted about this embarrassing poster that shows how many states where you can marry your same-sex significant other and how many more states where you can marry your cousin. It’s f—king ridiculous.
Like Shepard and Bell, Dunham refuses to marry boyfriend Jack Antonoff until the right is extended to everyone, as she told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. Which only makes this decision even more exciting, since I have been waiting for the Dunham-Antonoff wedding forever.
Everyone Who Made An "I Do" Video
Lambda Legal put together videos for their "I Do" campaign, where celebrities including Julianne Moore, Aisha Tyler, and Susan Sarandon explained why marriage equality is important to them and encouraged others to do the same.
This one speaks for itself, don't you think?
While talking to People in 2011 when same-sex marriage was legalized in New York, Pitt said:
It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American's Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.
Cyrus has made her passion for marriage equality permanent with the equal sign tattoo she had inked on her finger last year. Even more impressive? The essay Cyrus wrote for Glamour explaining why the issue is so important to her. In her essay, she wrote:
I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalized same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?
At the 2014 Grammys, Macklemore performed "Same Love" while 33 straight and gay couples got married on stage with Queen Latifah officiating. I'd say that's a pretty big statement.
When she accepted her Human Rights Campaign Ally Award in 2008, Hathaway talked about her brother, and her speech was the sweetest ever:
In my household, being gay was, and is, no big deal. When my brother came out, we said we loved him, we hugged him, and that was that. When he brought home his first boyfriend, now husband, for a couple of weeks one Christmas, my father's only comment to my mother was, "Please, try not to mix up our underwear." We had no idea that I would become recognizable because of my work and that we would become publicly labeled as having an "alternative family lifestyle." For the record, we don't feel that there's anything alternative about our family values.
Zach Braff & Donald Faison
Back in April, the former Scrubs stars vowed to deliver pizza for any gay couples in Indiana who wanted cheesy goodness at their weddings after a pizzeria in Walkerton refused to cater same-sex weddings to protect their "religious freedom."
Spreading love and acceptance with pizza: The only way to do it, guys.
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