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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Supreme Court A Piece Of Her Mind! Testify, Gurl!

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Ellen DeGeneres knows a thing or two about gay marriage! She and Portia de Rossi were one of the first couples to wed when it was temporarily legal in California!

So now that Prop 8 is headed to the Supreme Court, our favorite talk show host decided to throw in her two cents. And that's like having two Lincolns give speeches! She wrote:

"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 thought that was ridiculous. Why would judges want all of that underwear?

Then, after a quick talk with some people, I found out what a brief was.

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."

Oh, we'll do you one better, Ellen! We recommend reading the whole letter. It's funny and wonderful and, for a brief, pretty brief!

So check out the whole thing …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

"Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don't think we hurt anyone else's marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they're fine.

But even though Portia and I got married in the short period of time when it was legal in California, there are 1,138 federal rights for married couples that we don't have, including some that protect married people from losing their homes, or their savings or custody of their children.

The truth is, Portia and I aren't as different from you as you might think. We're just trying to find happiness in the bodies and minds we were given, like everyone else.

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.'

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.

*I was just told Benjamin Franklin did not say that first quote. I apologize and see that I have a lot to learn about stuff."

Well said, gurl!

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11 comments to “Ellen DeGeneres Gives Supreme Court A Piece Of Her Mind! Testify, Gurl!”

  1. logan jackson says – reply to this


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    testify gurl!! TESTIFY….. WE'RE WITH YOU MAMA!!

  2. Elizabeth says – reply to this


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    Whew we girl I agree, if people spent more time in their swimming pools than in their GF business the world would be a cooler place…forsure

  3. jimmy d says – reply to this


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    portia you deserve everything to have to lick this extremely ugly dude

  4. Xoxo says – reply to this


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    America is the 3rd world country….still !!!! :(

  5. k says – reply to this


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    Isn't undemocratic to overturn something that they made everybody in California vote for? If she doesn't like it, why doesn't she move somewhere else. There are states that voted to recognize gay marriages, and there are countries that have too.

  6. chica says – reply to this


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    Re: k – i agree, certainly wont make me vote to overturn it.

  7. Lisa says – reply to this


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    Short, sweet, and effective!

    Ps. Ghandi is who said "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

  8. Danny says – reply to this


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    But the Constitution clearly states that a group of citizens can not take the right away from a select group of individuals. Otherwise we would not be a free country, if we go by what the "voter's" choose we would be segregating schools all over again. !

  9. Tonya Hill says – reply to this


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    Wait! Gay still means Happy right ? Ah! the Supreme Court thinks being Happy is bad? Wow! what's heck is really going on the Supreme Court gets to tell people if they can be Happy or not?

  10. Immoralityiswrong says – reply to this


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    Her reasoning could be used for other types of sexual immorality. Just because a polygamist is " in love", we shouldn't redefine the definition of marriage (1 man and 1 woman).

  11. equalitysupporter says – reply to this


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    I am so glad that Ellen spoke her mind on this! As for all of the people out there who are against marriage equality, you all need to mind your own business and keep your religious beliefs to yourself. No one is asking you to become gay. No one is infringing on your rights in any way by supporting gay rights. Stop trying to impose your beliefs on others and stop infringing on the rights of others. You believe what you want to believe and the allow the rest of us to live our lives the way we see fit.