To Be Brief: Ellen Is NOT Having This
Talk show host DeGeneres writes an open letter urging the Supreme Court to end the ban on same-sex marriage.
Ellen DeGeneres is continuing her battle for gay rights, one letter at a time.
After opening up about her struggles as a lesbian in Hollywood, the talk show host has written an open letter urging the Supreme Court to end the ban on gay marriages.
"California’s Proposition 8 is headed to the Supreme Court. Hundreds of companies and families as well as Republicans are submitting briefs urging the 9 judges to allow gay people to marry . . . I’ve never filed a brief to the Supreme Court, so I thought I would post mine here. I’m sure someone will tweet it to them," she wrote on her personal blog.
In true DeGeneres fashion, the 55-year-old added her signature humor to her argument.
"Coming out was one of the hardest things I ever did. I didn’t intend to be on the cover of Time magazine saying, 'Yep, I’m gay.' The truth is, I don’t even remember saying that. I mean, I definitely said the 'I’m gay' part. It’s the 'yep' I don’t remember. I’m not really a 'yep' person. 'Yes siree Bob' maybe. But not 'yep,'" she continued.
"In the words of Benjamin Franklin, 'We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.' And there’s another famous quote that says 'A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members.' I couldn’t agree with that more. No one’s really sure who said it first, so if anyone asks, tell them I said it.
I hope the Supreme Court will do the right thing, and let everyone enjoy the same rights. It’s going to help keep families together. It’s going to make kids feel better about who they are. And it is time."
DeGeneres isn't the only celebrity to have openly threw their support for gay rights this week.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," she wrote on her Twitter. "I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."