This week is a big moment in gay rights history! It’s when the Supreme Court begins to hear both sides of the debate surrounding the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. The fate of marriage equality in the United States in now in the hands of the highest court in the land, although the final decision won’t be made until summer. Many see the decision as being long overdue, and many are very outspoken in support of the right for any adult to get married, regardless of sexual preference. And those whose voices are heard above the rest, who have a built in amplifier with there fame, are celebrities of course. Check out these 20 celebrity parents (and parents-to-be) who support marriage equality from Kim Kardashian to Snooki to Clint Eastwood!
20 Stars Who Support Gay Marriage! From Kim Kardashian to Snooki 1 of 21
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell 2 of 21When asked about when they'll get married Kristen Bell said, "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 [gay and lesbian] 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."
Source: ABC News
Sean Penn 3 of 21After winning the Academy Award for Milk Sean Penn said, "I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone."
Source: You Tube
Madonna 4 of 21One of the most outspoken supporters of gay rights has been the one and only Madonna. She recently said, "I don't know about you, but I can't take this sh*% any more. And that is why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me? It's 2013, people. We live in America — land of the free and home of the brave? That's a question, not a statement."
Brad Pitt 5 of 21Brad Pitt has been very open about his support of gay marriage. He stated, "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 Magazine
NeNe Leakes 6 of 21It's the New Normal! "To me, same-sex marriage is like the new normal. I don't give a shit. If two gay people want to get married it doesn't bother me. If two people say they love each other and they want to be together, they should be together. Don't you think?"
Octavia Spencer 7 of 21Marriage for all! "I'm pro-marriage. If it's gay, it's gay. That's what they have to start saying. It's not about gay marriage. Just be pro-marriage. And people will say, â€˜Well, I'm pro-marriage.' Just take the gay out of it -- that's what freaks people out. Just be pro-marriage for all."
Britney Spears 8 of 21Wise words from Britney! "Love is love! People should be able to do whatever makes them happy!"
Source: Perez Hilton
Russell Simmons 9 of 21This week Russell Simmons tweeted, "I hope that the Supreme Court stands on the right-side of history today by acknowledging marriage equality for all. RT!"
Source: Twitter/Russell Simmons
Debra Messing 10 of 21"I'd be devastated if my son grows up to be a hetero. I mean, I'd still love him ... but as a parent you just envision a certain life for your child. I mean, if he's straight, think of all the fabulous things he's going to miss out on. When I think my son might never know the joys of having a quarter share on Fire Island and walking through Judy Garland Memorial Park on the way to the Meat Rack." So funny!
Source: Huffington Post
Jay-Z 11 of 21Yes! "I have always thought of it as something that is still holding the country back," Jay-Z told CNN. "What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple."
Source: US Weekly
Julianne Moore 12 of 21Julianne Moore said it beautifully: "I think it's a very basic human-rights issue. 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, â€˜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."
Drew Barrymore 13 of 21Drew totally supports gay marriage saying, "I am who I am because of the people who influenced me growing up, and many of them were gay. No one has any right to tell anyone what makes a family."
Source: Just Jared
Clint Eastwood 14 of 21Clint Eastwood spoke to GQ on the topic saying, "These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don't give a f*&k about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't be making a deal out of. ... They go on and on with all this bulls*&t about "sanctity" -- don't give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."
Kanye West 15 of 21Kanye spoke up about gays in the hip hop community saying, "Everybody in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Matter of fact, the exact opposite word of â€˜hip-hop,' I think, is â€˜gay.' Like yo, you play a record and if it's wack, â€˜That's gay, dog!' And I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, â€˜Yo, stop it, fam.'"
Kim Kardashian 16 of 21Kim was supportive of Obama's shout out to equality, saying:
"Wow… I just heard that President Obama has officially announced that he supports gay marriage!! This is such a huge step forward in our country's fight for civil rights and I hope that today this will give hope to so many young people across the country." "We've never had a president so supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," Kardashian continues, "and today I am proud to be an American!! I'm so happy that our country is making history and moving forward. No more living in the past!"
Source: via Washington Post
Mama June 17 of 21Honey Boo Boo Star Mama June believes that everyone should be equal. She stated on Facebook when going to the GLAAD awards, "it's a huge honor for us cause we are big supporters of the gay and lesbian community I feel everyone should be treated equal."
Source: via TLC
Tori Spelling 18 of 21Tori has always been very supportive of the gay community. 'I'm all for same-sex marriage,' she recently told Out magazine. 'I often refer to myself as a gay man and all my friends are gay and I would like nothing more than for them to be able to be married."
Alyssa Milano 19 of 21Alyssa Milano said it was "inhumane" not to let gays and lesbians marry adding, "It's not really a political issue, it's a human issue."
Snooki 20 of 21"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: Huffington Post
Ben Affleck 21 of 21Ben Affleck said of weatherman Sam Champion's wedding to his boyfriend, "It's to our shame that you can't get married in every state in the union, but one day I hope you will be able to. It's very exciting. I was very inspired…a moving, love story."
Photos: PR Photos
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