More Stars Celebrate the End of H8

By: Brodie

Even more celebrities and gay rights activists are sharing their feelings following the momentous decision to overturn Prop. 8 in California. Statements from Liza Minnelli, Dan Choi, Kathy Griffin, Adam Lambert, Kristin Chenoweth, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Judy Shepard, Governor Arnold Schwazenegger and many more below.

Liza Minnelli, in an exclusive statement to the Advocate said: "Today's ruling in California encourages me to believe that people are beginning to understand that if you want to be with someone, protect them, and care for them through vows and the legalities of marriage, then you should be able to do that. Wonderful news."

@KChenoweth (Kristin Chenoweth): Prop 8 overturned in California! Praise God!

Kathy Griffin: "I am, of course, thrilled and heartened by Judge Walker's ruling. My thoughts and best wishes are with the brave plaintiffs -- Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo -- on this emotional day. I also applaud the remarkable work of lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies; two men who, ten years after facing off in Bush v. Gore, have teamed up to fight the good fight on behalf of loving California families. As we all know, the antigay movement is certain to appeal this landmark case to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco and, ultimately, to the United States Supreme Court in Washington. So, while today's decision is a key victory in the fight for marriage equality, we still have a long way to go before my mother Maggie can break out her box of wine in celebration. I urge my friends and fans to stay strong, be vocal and take strength in the knowledge that we will be on the right side of history."

Dan Choi: "Absolutely a victory today for a lot of the people who fought so hard not only in California but around the country. It’s a victory for people who refuse to take injustice lying down. When I first got involved with the heroes at the American Foundation for Equal Rights and a lot of the other groups that were supporting the plaintiffs in the case, I saw undaunted courage and that is what we celebrate today. A lot of people who said 'Don’t do this.' Certainly the fight isn’t over, and here in D.C. we’re gonna see it eventually at the Supreme Court building and we’re gonna continue supporting our fellow fighters for full equality, whether it’s marriage or employment or service in the military, donating blood, or any other of the very important things that we have to fight for. We should learn that it’s only the people who refuse second-class citizenship and injustice that will be rewarded. It’s only the people who will stand up and fight that will get their dignity reclaimed. We can learn that and apply the same lessons and have the same kind of writ and fighting spirit when we fight for immigration rights for our partners to this country just like straight couples. I know that it will have significant impact and contributions and benefits to the other struggles as well, not just on a momentum building level, but it will show legally that our Constitution in no way justifies unequal protection or denial of access to equal rights and resources like recognition of love and the acknowledgment of relationships and families or the access to our own integrity. I think today it’s not just gay people who won, but straight people and all people who live under our Constitution. The Constitution is not just 'we the people who happen to be straight' or 'we the people who happen to be born here' or 'we the people who are white or male.' It really is 'we the people.' All people are deserving of that equal access to the promise of America." 

Adam-Lambert-kiss_l@AdamLambert: Prop 8 Overturned! I'm glad California has restored the right for ALL of its to marry whoever they please! Equal rights are very Glam!

@ThatkevinSmith (Kevin Smith): California just got a whole lot more HUMAN: PROP 8 OVERTURNED California: Where NOBODY Tells You What The Fuck To Do.

@theteganandsara: "Proposition 8 fails 2 advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians 4 denial of a marriage license." Judge Vaughn Walker. Great day for the gays! Prop 8 overturned.

@TheEllenShow (Ellen DeGeneres): My thoughts on today's #prop8 ruling: "Today, California's Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional. When Prop 8 was passed two years ago, I said, "One day we will look back and realize how wrong this is." Now, we've made a huge step forward. In today's ruling, the court stated that Prop 8 "fails to advance any rational basis" for denying the right to marry, and the court is right. We're all equal, and we should all have equal rights. I'm so grateful for today's decision."

@ShannaMoakler congrats to the @NOH8Campaign and all of the #LGBT community! I am so happy and proud.....#NOH8 #NOH8 #NOH8 This is so much bigger then marriage, it's about wisdom, compassion and knowing we CAN be heard, action DOES make a difference!

@DrDrew (Dr. Drew Pinsky): RT @helterhoff: "I reposted your awesome essay about democracy and  prop 8. You are a gentleman and a scholar!"  Thank U

@Paris Hilton : "What a huge historical day for equal rights in this country! They finally overturned Prop 8! There shouldn't be a law on true love." 

"A MAJOR step forward. Everyone deserves the right to love whomever
choose. I am proud to be from Cali again!"

Cyndi Lauper: "Gay and lesbian couples have long struggled for acceptance and the ability to marry the person they love and want to build a family with. Today's landmark ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional is a testament to the fundamentals on which this great country was built and validates that the discrimination gay couples face must come to an end. We as a society should be embracing these couples and helping them make the lifelong commitment to each other that many of us straight people take for granted each and every day. This decision is a major step in the right direction towards equality." 

24@Ricky_Martin : "YEAHHHHH!!!!! #prop8unconstitutional Moving Forward!!!!!!!!" 

@Schwarzenegger (California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) : "This decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves."

Judy Shepard: "These plaintiffs are law-abiding, family-oriented, tax-paying citizens whose privacy was invaded, and whose dignity was affronted, by a misguided and unconstitutional law. Their victory at trial shows that our courts still play a vital role in safeguarding the rights of minorities from majorities who misunderstand them. But more importantly, it proves the power of personal stories. Equal marriage rights are ultimately about people’s families, and during the trial, their personal need for legal recognition of their relationships came through loud and clear. After Matt came out to me, he once asked me if I thought gay couples would ever be allowed to get married,” Shepard recalled. “I told him I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime, but it probably would in his. It’s so sad, and ironic, that it turned out the other way. But this case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true."

@ZacharyQuinto: dear california:  you.  better.  work.

@Villaraigosa (Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa): "Californians knows that marriage is a civil right, not a privilege. Love does not discriminate."

@KateMoennig: nicely done cali

No-on-prop-8-unite2 Reverend Byron Williams, pastor, columnist, a member of People For the American Way Foundation's African American Ministers In Action, and editor of the forthcoming book, Inconvenient Love African American Clergy and Theologians Speaking on Behalf of LGBT Equality: "I am overjoyed by Judge Walker's decision. As a person of faith, an African American who understands discrimination, a Californian and an American, I have found that the values on which this country is founded have continued to be in conflict.  The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states if one is born in this country or a naturalized citizen one is granted two things - due process and equal protection of the law.  Until today, those protections did not apply to citizens such as Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami.

“A climate of compassion, self-determination and freedom to pursue ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ is missing in many parts of today's society. Those who supported this decision to end discrimination, rightly embrace a 21st century paradigm of commitment and responsibility that is demonstrated by Kris and Sandy, Jeff and Paul, and countless others. I look tomorrow to working with my fellow faith leaders in California and those across the country who believe in equality for all, including the freedom to marry who they choose. We must build a legacy in every state that embraces socially, politically and legislatively, love."

@vanderjames (James Van Der Beek): Makes you feel good to know that every once in a while, the system actually works - #prop8 overturned

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