President Barack Obama's Support of Gay Marriage Gets Hollywood's Attention

2:29 PM PST 05/09/2012 by THR Staff
ABC News

From support to snark, here's what the entertainment industry and other public figures are saying about the head of state's support of for LGBT rights to marry.

President Barack Obama made a startling announcement on Wednesday that he had changed his mind on simply supporting civil unions for gay Americans. He has now decided to put his considerable weight behind legal marriage for gay people.

“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News in an interview.

The change of position arrived just three days after his V.P., Joe Biden, made headlines when he came out in support of gay marriage. That clearly placed some pressure on the President to clarify his stance on the issue.

As the reports began proliferating on the internet, Hollywood took notice. Ranging from support to snark, here’s what the entertainment industry is saying about Obama’s support of gay marriage.

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A statement released by Cyndi Lauper
The president's support of marriage equality gives hope and encouragement to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who feel ostracized and alone.  The words of the president have reinforced that they are worthy of dignity, respect, and love – just like everyone else.

Ellen DeGeneres
Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed.

Chris Colfer
I second! RT @TheEllenShow: Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed.

Jane Lynch
Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!

Neil Patrick Harris
“@BarackObama: President Obama announces his support for same-sex marriage” Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson
With @MichelleObama & @JustinMikita permission I would like to marry @BarackObama right now!

Danny Zuker
BREAKING: Obama I voted for finally takes office. #BetterLateThanNever

Fran Drescher  
So proud of our President who showed such leadership& the meaning of America's freedom 4 all!

Lisa Rinna  
RT @marwilliamson: Good on Obama for doing the right thing and endorsing gay marriage!

Cory Booker  
RT @Delisa619: Anyone who pays taxes should be able to marry who they want. The government should not monitor who is in love.

Kal Penn
Had the honor of seeing @BarackObama talk w/young ppl about this the last few years. Your voices made a big difference!

Michael Urie  
History y'all.

Wilson Cruz
A BRAND NEW DAY! NOW WE MUST SUPPORT HIM IN TURN! TURNOUT!! OBAMA ENDORSES GAY MARRIAGE...

Samantha Ronson
Better late than never!!!! Obama supports same-sex marriage

Joseph Kahn
Obama says gay marriage should be legal. Obama's new campaign slogan: "DUH."

RuPaul's Drag Race
.@BarackObama... shantay, you stay!

Albert Brooks
Obama backs gay marriage. Romney backs 1940's meaning of gay.

Mia Farrow
YAY!!!! President Obama comes out in support of gay marriage !!!!

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