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|2013-03-05 - Celebrity News|
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres writes brief to Supreme Court, hopes they 'will do the right thing'
-- Paula David - Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) - Comedian and television show host Ellen DeGeneres has written her first ever brief to the Supreme Court, hoping they 'will do the right thing' in terms of same sex marriage.
Earlier this month, DeGeneres posted on Twitter, "I wrote my first brief to the Supreme Court! They're normally pretty long, but I tried to keep mine brief."
DeGeneres, just as when Proposition 8 is headed to the Supreme Court and more and more people have been submitting briefs to convince the judges to allow gay people to marry, started by saying she only recently found out what a brief was and wrote her own version of a brief.
As posted on her blog, her humorous but heartfelt brief goes:
"I've never filed a brief to the Supreme Court, so I thought I would post mine here. I'm 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 don't think we hurt anyone else's marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they're 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 don't 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 aren't as different from you as you might think. We're 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 didn't intend to be on the cover of Time magazine saying, "Yep, I'm gay." The truth is, I don't even remember saying that. I mean, I definitely said the "I'm gay" part. It's the "yep" I don't remember. I'm not really a "yep" person. "Yes siree Bob" maybe. But not "yep."
"In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "We're here, we're queer, get over it." And there's another famous quote that says "A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members." I couldn't agree with that more. No one's 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. It's going to help keep families together. It's 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."
The California Proposition 8 is a state amendment passed in the November 2008 state elections, which prioritizes that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" and restricts marriage among the same sex. It overturned the state's prior recognition of same sex marriage.
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