Hollywood Expresses Outrage Over North Carolina Gay Marriage Law
As the nation looks to the White House for a status report on the President's evolution on the matter, a few states south of Washington, North Carolina grabbed the spotlight in the gay marriage debate on Tuesday night.
The state's voters passed Amendment 1, which made sure that same-sex couples could not have any sort of legal status, including marriage or civil unions. Immediately, Hollywood's angry roar (and tweets) could be heard across the country.
With an already vocal communal voice that has risen to fight California's Proposition 8 and now urge President Obama toward fully endorsing full marriage equality, some of the industry's top stars, both gay and straight, sent out a barrage of tweets expressing their disappointment with the voters of the Tar Heel State. Some were angry, others sad, and some even slyly funny, but the message was clear.
Here's a rundown of some of the stars' tweets:
This is an interesing fact I just learned: First cousins can marry in North Carolina. (Unless they are of the same sex, I assume).— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) May 9, 2012
Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 8, 2012
just bent over on set and cried over this outcome. I hope my children see a more peaceful and tolerant world. I hope we will be heard— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) May 9, 2012
sorry, i should have said, hey 61% of North Carolina. your bans suck as much as your BBQ does— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) May 9, 2012
North Carolina- Vote AGAINST amendment one tomorrow. Just like camel toe it's not good for anybody.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 7, 2012
North Carolina passed Amendment One. Unbelievable.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) May 9, 2012
NORTH CAROLINA! Vote NO on Amendment One tomorrow!! Show these barbarians what's what!#amendmentone— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 8, 2012
Sad to hear that Amendment 1 passed in North Carolina. Love is love! Period the end! #MarriageEquality— Tori Spelling (@torianddean) May 9, 2012
If I ever find myself in North Carolina I shall marry a man just to feel safe.— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) May 9, 2012
Oh North Carolina - the disappointment we feel now is nothing compared to the bewilderment & shame your children will feel— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 9, 2012
Sad 2C North Carolina double-ban marriage #equality. If it was truly about the "sanctity of marriage", you'd have made divorce illegal too— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) May 9, 2012
Well @donald_faison , I guess we can cross North Carolina off the retirement state list.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 9, 2012
Wow North Carolina, wow. What a sad day when you tell the world you are active and blatant persecutors of civil rights, equality and love.— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) May 9, 2012
North Carolina Passes Gay Marriage Ban. time will not stand still, now you're just going to have to catch up. so sad for you.— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) May 9, 2012
"Marriage should be between a Man Cousin and a Woman Cousin." North Carolina Amendment 1 supporter— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) May 9, 2012