10 Times Celebs Had the Right Idea About Marriage Equality
We don’t have to tell you how long, hard-fought and contentious the fight for marriage equality in the United States was—for everyone involved. Along the way, though, lots of straight allies stepped up, including some of our nation’s brightest stars.
Even though we’ve won the fight at home, public opinion is still raging (Kim Davis, anyone) and our brethren in other nations are still in battle mode. So, enjoy this healthy dose of good vibes and common sense!
1. Nick Jonas
“My thoughts on gay marriage are that everyone has the right to love and be loved, and that’s the position I take.”
2. Drew Barrymore
“No one has the right to tell anyone what makes a family.”
3. Patti Labelle
“I am straight enough to know that if you want to marry whoever you want to marry, you should be able to marry whoever you want to marry.”
“You can choose to love whoever you love.”
5. Lady Gaga
“Our youth deserve a fair and hopeful future with government that values us equally.”
6. Sean Penn
“We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”
7. Michelle Obama
“If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the alter with who they love, then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that American dream.”
8. Janet Jackson
“It’s two people that are in love with one another. What’s the issue?”
9. Mariah Carey
“If two people want to get married, it’s their prerogative—we hope. Everybody should be able to do what they want to do and be in the pursuit of happiness.”
10. Will Smith
“If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form.”
11. George H. W. Bush
“People should be able to do what they want to do, without discrimination. People have a right to be happy.”
12. Justice Anthony Kennedy
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”
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