Friday, May 16, 2008

Here Come The Brides

Mere hours after the California Supreme Court struck down the State's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional (making California the second State in the country to allow same-sex marriage), Ellen DeGeneres announced on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, that she and longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi (who was in the audience when Ellen made the announcement) are going to be married in the great State of California:

Ellen DeGeneres is putting the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage into action -- she and Portia de Rossi plan to wed, DeGeneres announced during a taping of her talk show. DeGeneres was taping the episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, the day the state's high court struck down California laws against gay marriage, and it was to air Friday, a person close to the production said. The person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Citing the court's ruling, DeGeneres said she and girlfriend de Rossi ("Ally McBeal," "Nip/Tuck") would be getting married. De Rossi, 35, who was in the studio, and DeGeneres, 50, were applauded by audience members, the person close to the production said. Calls and e-mails late Thursday to DeGeneres' publicist were not immediately returned ... DeGeneres has boldly used TV before to make a stand for gay rights. In 1997, she brought her character on the ABC sitcom "Ellen" out of the closet, making the show the first on prime-time network TV to have an openly gay lead. The move drew cheers from gay civil rights organizations but was condemned by some religious groups. A month before, DeGeneres had proclaimed from the cover of Time magazine that she was a lesbian ... In a 2005 interview with Allure magazine, the comedian said she hoped she and de Rossi are "together the rest of our lives. I never would have thought my life would have turned out this way," DeGeneres told the magazine. "To have money. Or to have a gorgeous girlfriend. I just feel so lucky with everything in my life right now."

Woot! I am still floored that California is now a haven for same-sex couples to marry, just like any heterosexual citizens in the rest of the country are able to marry. This is just absolutely amazing news, I can't wait for Ellen and Portia to get hitched. Apparently, it will take 30 days for same-sex couples to actually wed (ie. for the overturning of the ban on same-sex marriage to go into effect) so it looks like we'll have to wait until June for all of these weddings to take place ... which is fine ... June is a great month for weddings :) Congrats Ellen and Portia, I wish you all the happiness in the world!!! [Source]

UPDATE: Click HERE to watch video of Ellen making the announcement on her show.