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Speaking Out: 15 Celebrity Parents Who Support Marriage Equality

Who Supports Marriage Equality?

President Barack Obama made headline news recently when he publicly announced that he supports gay marriage, making him the first sitting President to proclaim approval of marriage equality.

In an interview on Good Morning America the President said, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” He added,  “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying gay men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

After his announcement, celebrities came out to second his opinion.

Check out these 15 celebrity parents — from Jay-Z to Snooki to the Sister Wives — who support marriage equality and what they had to say on the matter right here:

  • Jay-Z 1 of 15
    Jay-Z
    After President Obama's support of gay marriage, Jay-Z came out saying, "I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love." He continued saying, "That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."
    Source: TMZ
  • Brad Pitt 2 of 15
    Brad Pitt
    After New York approved gay marriage Brad made the statement, "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."
    Source: People
  • Debra Messing 3 of 15
    Debra Messing
    Soon after Obama's announcement the Smash star said, "To have the President of the United States come out and openly support equal marriage rights... and [for Joe Biden] to say that Will & Grace has done more to educate the country about gays and lesbians -- it's humbling. It makes me very emotional," she told TVGuide.com.
    Source: ABC News
  • Snooki 4 of 15
    Snooki
    Mom-to-be Snooki told MTV, "We're very strong when it comes to the gay community," Snooki said. "[JWoww] has a lot of friends; her best friend is gay. I have a lot of friends who are gay. They need to be equal because they are amazing friends."
    Source: MTV
  • Ben Affleck 5 of 15
    Ben Affleck
    Ben Affleck voiced his support a while ago on CNN saying, "I don't think the government should be involved in any way in people's bedrooms or lives. With so much hatred and unpleasantness in the world, why would you wanna get in the way of people who love each other marrying each other? Anybody who wants to be able to get married to anybody else should be able to. It's not my business."
    Source: CNN
  • Charlize Theron 6 of 15
    Charlize Theron
    Charlize made her opinion known back in 2009 saying, "I do have a problem with the fact that our government has not stepped up enough to make [marriage equality] federal...I really understand marriage and I respect marriage. I just feel that we should all have equal rights."
    Source: Towleroad
  • Hugh Jackman 7 of 15
    Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman - along with a couple of other Australian celebrities - signed a statement saying, "Marriage should be about love and respect, not discrimination. Australia is at its best when we value equality over prejudice and fear. That's why we support marriage equality for same-sex couples. Marriage equality will help remove discrimination against same-sex couples and their children. "It will also benefit marriage by allowing it to embrace more loving committed couples who uphold its values. It's time for Australia to join the other nations that have benefitted from this important reform."
    Source: Pink News
  • Julianne Moore 8 of 15
    Julianne Moore
    Julianne Moore has been very supportive of marriage equality recently saying, "I think it's a very basic human rights issue," Julianne told WWD. "Everybody has the right to marry the person they love and be represented as a couple and family. "It's something that people will look back on in years to come and say, ‘I can't believe it took so long for us to recognize this.' It'll be like segregation and giving women the right to vote." In another interview she stated, "What children need is two loving parents. It doesn't matter if they are two moms, or two dads, or a mom and a dad".
    Source: Eleven.com
    Source: Socialite Life
  • Howard Stern 9 of 15
    Howard Stern
    Howard Stern would have liked to seen the President go further on the issue saying, "I wish the president actually had gone further. I wish he said he was going to back some legislation on the national level," Stern told reporters at a press conference. He added, "...this is a good first step," he said. "It's a baby step."
    Source: Huffington Post
  • Drew Barrymore 10 of 15
    Drew Barrymore
    Mom to be Drew Barrymore once said, "I don't want to live in a world where Prop 8 exists." telling Radar Online that she was raised by gay men and women. "It's who I am...You cannot define a family.. I will fight for as long as it takes."
    Source: Radar Online
  • Will Smith 11 of 15
    Will Smith
    In the wake of President Obama's announcement Will Smith said, "If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form."
    Source: News 10
  • Alyssa Milano 12 of 15
    Alyssa Milano
    Alyssa Milano has been a long time supporter of marriage equality and tweeted, "Same-sex couples should be able to get married."— Obama" right after news broke.
    Source: Politico
  • Elizabeth Banks 13 of 15
    Elizabeth Banks
    Elizabeth Banks tweeted after the news, "@BarackObama thinks couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, should be able to do so. NICE."
    Source: Politico
  • Ricki Lake 14 of 15
    Ricki Lake
    Ricki Lake was very happy to hear of Obama's support, she wrote, "Love is love! #Marriageequality Thank you Mr. President @BarackObama"
    Source: Ryan Seacrest
  • Sister Wives 15 of 15
    Sister Wives
    The Sister Wives even support gay marriage. "I feel like we should be more enlightened as a society," says Kody Brown husband of four and father of 17. "I married four women and I love them," he said. "I chose this out of love and out of faith. I feel like I want to extend that to all people…Let individuals define their love and their marriage. I don't want the government doing that." He added, "Let individuals define their marriage and let individuals choose who they love."
    Source: Evil Beet
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