Ellen DeGeneres Has a Message for the Supreme Court


Ellen DeGeneres Has a Message for the Supreme Court

Showing support for a cause close to her heart, Ellen DeGeneres posted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage on her shows Facebook page on Friday (March 1).

Married to actress Porta DeRossi for four years, the talk show comedian urged the court to overturn Californias Proposition 8, which prohibits gay marriage in California.

In typical Ellen fashion, the 55-year-old began the letter with a little humor, Californias 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.

She wrapped up the poignant message with I hope the Supreme Court will do the right thing, and let everyone enjoy the same rights. Its going to help keep families together. Its going to make kids feel better about who they are. And it is time.

Check out the full text of Ellens message to the Supreme Court below.

Californias 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.

Ive never filed a brief to the Supreme Court, so I thought I would post mine here. Im sure someone will tweet it to them.

Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I dont think we hurt anyone elses marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say theyre 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 dont 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 arent as different from you as you might think. Were 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 didnt intend to be on the cover of Time magazine saying, Yep, Im gay. The truth is, I dont even remember saying that. I mean, I definitely said the Im gay part. Its the yep I dont remember. Im not really a yep person. Yes siree Bob maybe. But not yep.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, Were here, were queer, get over it. And theres another famous quote that says A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members. I couldnt agree with that more. No ones 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. Its going to help keep families together. Its 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.