Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act Hearing: What Hollywood Is Saying
For the second consecutive day this week, the Supreme Court held court on the subject of gay marriage.
As justices heard arguments considering the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in to law in 1996, "DOMA" became a top trending term in the U.S. on Twitter. And prominent industry figures made their case on social media to promote marriage equality.
On Facebook, Beyonce and Madonna each posted brief handwritten notes calling for marriage equality ("Let's start a revolution," Madonna wrote in permanent marker). NSYNC's Lance Bass changed his profile picture to the red equality sign and posted a photo encouraging others to share the symbol.
CW's Arrow star, Stephen Amell, meanwhile wrote a longer note on the social-networking site: "Marriage - and all the benefits that come with it - should be available to everybody. Some of the most loving, powerful relationships I've witnessed have been same-sex couples."
Star Trek actor George Takei posted a picture of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. along with a note mentioning that the Defense of Marriage Act currently denies "federal benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples."
On Twitter, entertainment industry figures-- including Courtney Love, Alyssa Milano, Rosie O'Donell, Sophia Bush and many more -- switched their avatars to a red equal sign in support of gay marriage. Here's a snapshot of the recent reactions:
In 1996, the US enacted DOMA, and Cartoon Network premiered Dexter's Laboratory.The wrong one is still alive.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 27, 2013
Changed my profile picture and header in support of marriage equality. Feel free to do the same!— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 26, 2013
Use this photo for your profile pics this week in support of marriage equality. We. Are. All. =say.ly/iOF5s9b— Minka Kelly (@minkakelly) March 26, 2013
Just posted a photo instagram.com/p/XVvcmVDmL2/— Rosie O'Donnell (@Rosie) March 26, 2013
The ignorant can't hide behind God. He is transparent when it comes to hate. We see you, haters. And pray for you. #MarriageEquality— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 27, 2013
Big dayfor equality. Let's see how the Supreme Court views Defense Against Marriage Act. fingers crossed reason and fairness win out.— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) March 27, 2013
When when marriage becomes legal for everyone, maybe the dismal 50% divorce rate will go down! Heteros have a crappy success rate. #truth— Daphne Zuniga (@DaphneZuniga) March 27, 2013
The only good thing about these homophobes is that the 24/7 fight against same sex marriage is cutting into their breeding time #LGBT— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 27, 2013