Following the California Supreme Court's revocation of that state's same-sex marriage ban, Ellen DeGeneres announced her plans to marry her girlfriend, actress Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres made the announcement on her talk show Friday, with de Rossi in the studio audience. In a 2005 interview with Allure magazine, the comedian said she hoped she and de Rossi are "together the rest of our lives." DeGeneres has used her TV persona to support gay rights before. In 1997, her character on the ABC sitcom Ellen came out as gay. (AP)
What the commentators said
"Congrats to Ellen and Portia!" said the gossip blog Gabby Babble. "It's about time the ban over gay marriages was overturned!" This isn't just good news for DeGeneres and de Rossi—it's a victory for gay rights.
But DeGeneres should not use her "platform" to "promote same-sex marriage," said the blog Citizen Haines. She is absolutely "the best talk-show host in the country," but "our country and its principles are unraveling rapidly and this will only make our nation weaker."
Have you ever heard of the Constitution? said the Gay Wisdom blog. All people—gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender—"are worthy and deserving of the same rights, privileges, and protections provided in the Constitution." But the real question is, do we really want to participate in a "failed hetero model"?
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