Charlotte Hannah
May 09, 2012

Celebrities Speak Out Against North Carolina Gay Marriage Ban (VIDEO)

It’s official: in North Carolina, you can legally marry your cousin, but not your same-sex partner.

Yesterday, we learned that Amendment One, which sought to deny marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples, as well as remove benefits from civil unions and domestic partnerships for all couples, passed in North Carolina. It was approved by 61 percent of voters.

Now, celebrities, politicians, and media figures are speaking out against the ban.

“North Carolina passed Amendment One. Unbelievable,” tweeted How I Met Your Mother star and beloved gay icon, Neil Patrick Harris.

Talk-show hostess and wife of Portia de Rossi, Ellen Degeneres, tweeted, “Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday.”

Earlier this week, we heard from Jason Mraz, George Takei, and Bill and Chelsea Clinton, who urged voters to vote for equality.

Even the POTUS himself is disappointed in North Carolina. President Obama’s spokeswoman, Cameron French, said, “The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples.”

It’s interesting to see a country try so desperately to preserve the perceived sanctity of marriage between opposite-sex partners. Especially when so many ‘traditional couples’ seem so desperate to destroy it.

Your thoughts? Leave them, as always, in the comments.