Zachary Quinto Hopes Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Rulings are 'a Galvanizing Moment'
Ahead of the Supreme Court's planned rulings on two same-sex marriage cases, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto is cautiously optimistic.
"We'll see what happens," Quinto tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm certainly not going to hazard against it to say what happens, but I hope it's a galvanizing moment, and I'm hopeful that [same-sex marriage] will be supported and we'll continue to move forward."
Quinto added that he believes a change is coming, regardless of Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions.
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"I think no matter what happens, it's an unstoppable wave at this point, and I've said that before because I really believe it," he said.
"[Acceptance] might take longer, and it might not happen tomorrow, but it will happen. Whether that means individually, state by state, or by a sweeping decision, that remains to be seen, but I'll still do everything I can to fight for and support it and advocate it, and that's all I can do."
Quinto came out as a gay man ahead of the release of his financial drama Margin Call.
He revealed his sexual orientation after completing an eight-month run in Angels in America and after already speaking out on gay-rights issues.
"As a gay man, [that role] made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed," Quinto said in New York magazine.
He later said that violence against gay teenagers compelled him to be honest about his own sexual orientation.
"It became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality," Quinto wrote in a blog post on his website. "Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. Gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. … We are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. We are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society, and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action."