By now you’ve heard the big news: A federal appeals court has once again ruled that Prop 8, California’s ban on same sex marriage, is unconstitutional.
As we told you this morning, the court stated that, “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”
And now the celebrities have taken to Twitter in droves to celebrate the big win.
Yesterday, NCIS star Pauley Perrette encouraged her followers to rally against Prop 8, tweeting, “Tomorrow CA rules on Unconstitutionality of
#Prop8. Praying for equality. Rally here” with a link to a Facebook Rally page.
And now that she’s gotten her wish, many openly gay celebs are sharing their excitement about the decision. Ellen Degeneres tweeted, “Today we took another step towards equality.
#Prop8 was found unconstitutional again. I couldn’t be happier,” and blogger Perez Hilton wrote, “ #Prop8 struck down AGAIN!!!! Equal rights for all!!!!”
And they’re not alone in their support. Actress Elizabeth Banks expressed her excitement with, “
#Prop8 overturned! Punching the air right now,” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “ #Prop8 ruled what we knew it to be: unconstitutional. Victory for equality & CA families!”
“Modern Family” stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, who play gay couple Mitchell and Cam on the show, found a humorous way to show their support. Ferguson not only tweeted, “Historic!
#Prop8 is unconstitutional. @AFER & I won’t stop until ALL Americans are #free2marry,” but both actors also shared an adorable photo of them in character holding a sign that reads, “How could you not want to see us tie the knot?”
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that same sex couples can immediately go out and get married. According to the L.A. Times, “The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left in place a stay on the ruling, which had been issued by a lower federal court, to prevent the resumption of same-sex marriages as the case works its way through the appeals process.”
Additionally, ProtectMarriage, the group that sponsored Prop 8, plans to appeal the decision. Nevertheless, this is a giant step in the fight for equal rights!