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Among the Californians who spoke out against the Prop 8 sustainment were celebrities — not all of them homosexual — who just want equality in marriage law.
“This ruling is a decision to be indecisive,” George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original Star Trek, told Reuters. “Nothing’s changed with our marriage, but I think the California Supreme Court has changed.”
“That’s not equal. That’s unequal. What the Supreme Court did essentially was maintain an inequality,” Takei told E! Online. “Only a year ago, they declared that marriage equality [was] a fundamental, constitutional right that extends to gays and lesbians, and now they say it isn’t.”
Takei, 72, added that another ballot might be the best answer to reverse the ruling. “I am confident that if we go through this again, we will ultimately prevail and our Supreme Court will go into the dust of history.”
Another legally married gay celebrity who protested the upheld ruling was comic Ellen DeGeneres, who married Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi in August. On the Twitter page for her TV talk show, DeGeneres wrote: “One day, when everyone is treated with full equality, we’ll look back and realize how wrong this was.”
Comedian/actor Wanda Sykes, best known for her role on The New Adventures of Old Christine, told E! that the ruling deeply disappointed her. “But [I’m] also very optimistic that we will return to the polls and restore marriage equality for same-sex couples… They have p—-d off the wrong group of people.” Sykes married her partner in October.
One gay celebrity whose union Prop 8 has left in limbo is singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge.
She had planned to marry actor Tammy Lynn Michaels in order to legalize a ceremony they held in 2003. But they put the official wedding off out of fear that gay marriage would be banned again. “I wanted to wait until I knew that when I step into City Hall and I’m there with my wife and that clerk signs that piece of paper,” Etheridge, 47, told Reuters, “I want to know that it’s free and clear.”
Of the gay marriages that are deemed valid, Etheridge said, “What if this was [sic] the 1960s and it was like, ‘OK, these interracial marriages can be married but these can’t’? You can’t put this back in the bottle.” She added that she and Michaels, who are raising four children as a couple, consider themselves married and “we would like that to be recognized some day civically.”
Other celebrities who publicly protested the Prop 8 upholding included Drew Barrymore, Pink, and James Franco, according to E!.
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