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Thursday
Jun272013

Celebs Praise Supreme Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Celebrities praised the decision of the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday after the court struck down a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling that denying federal benefits to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.  It also refused to rule on California's controversial Proposition 8, meaning same-sex marriage in the state will remain legal.

Actress Kristen Bell, who previously said that her and longtime fiance, actor Dax Shepard, refused to wed until California's Proposition 8 was overturned, tweeted a proposal.

"@daxshepard will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove," she said, expressing her excitement.  The pair have been engaged since 2009.

That wasn't the only Twitter proposal on Wednesday.  Ted Allen, the host of The Food Network's Chopped, tweeted, "Proud to announce on this historic day that my partner of 20 years, Barry Rice, and I are engaged to be married. :)"

Other celebs who were excited about the Supreme Court's decisions said via Twitter:

Ben Affleck: "Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality."

Ellen DeGeneres: "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

Leonardo DiCaprio: "History day. Well done SCOTUS."

Lena Dunham: "First Wendy, now DOMA gets the boot! Sometimes things are really great."

Seth Meyers: "DOMA And Prop 8 should get married"

Alyssa Milano: "A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now."

Michael Moore: "SupremeCourt just ruled federal government canNOT make same-sex marriage illegal. Clinton's Defense of Marriage Act voided. Huge victory."

Kal Penn: "#DOMA decision is based on equal protection/5th amendment, not states rights. That's a great distinction. #skeet #skeet #skeet @SCOTUSblog"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!"

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