California's Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: Hollywood Sounds Off

Prop 8 February 7 2012 Person Holds Equality Sign - H 2012
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Prop 8 February 7 2012 Person Holds Equality Sign - H 2012

Several public figures took to Twitter with their reaction to the federal appeals court’s decision on the same-sex marriage ban.

“BREAKING NEWS! #Prop8 ruled unconstitutional!!! Hold on, Twitter is about to go CRAZY!!!” Late Show with David Letterman head writer and producer, Justin Stangel, rightly predicted.

On the heels of Tuesday’s decision by a federal appeals court, which found California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, unconstitutional, Hollywood took to their twitter accounts to express their reaction to the news.

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Dustin Lance Black, the writer and filmmaker whose biographical film, Milk, helped stoke passionate debate on Prop 8. is a founding member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. AFER sponsors the federal court case to overturn Prop 8, and Black took to Twitter to express his joy.

“With our beautiful plaintiffs now,” Black writes. “Hugs and cheers as the 9th circuit court of appeals affirmed that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional!”

A celebratory tweet from Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson prompted funny girl Niecy Nash to reply along with her picture from the NO H8 campaign, which was founded to put a face on the many opponents to the constitutional amendment passed in 2008.

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“Historic! #Prop8 is unconstitutional,” Ferguson tweeted. “@AFER & I won’t stop until ALL Americans are #free2marry. Sign> & RT”

To which Nash wrote, “I love u friend:)”

On the other hand, conservative blogger, political commentator, and author Michelle Malkin voiced her disappointment in the court simply writing, “Lib 9th circuit has declared California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional...” and retweeting follower @arizonashane’s tweet: “@michellemalkin Given the opportunity, the 9th Circus would strike down the Constitution as unconstitutional.”

Otherwise, Twitter was a sea of cheers for the ruling. Here’s a sample of what Hollywood is saying.

Meghan McCain, Author: Fantastic news about Prop 8 being declared unconstiutional! Here's to freedom and equality for all Americans. #LoveOverHate #Equality

Seth MacFarlane, Writer/Producer: Prop 8 architects: Every civil rights battle is eventually won by the oppressed party. Save your hundred mil and buy some Bud platinum.

Ellen DeGeneres, Talk Show Host: Today we took another step towards equality. #Prop8 was found unconstitutional again. I couldn't be happier.

Chely Wright, Country Singer: I am a gay American and it's my Constitution too. #NOH8" Amen.

Ricki Lake, Actress: No #prop8!!!! Yay for equality! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy Dance!

Audra McDonald, Actress: NOH8 NOH8 NOH8 NOH8!!!!! My dogs think im nuts for the NOH8 happy dance im doing right now.

Michael Urie, Actor: Take THAT, prop 8.

Kelly Osbourne, Singer and TV personality: Are my ears hearing this corectly? If so my eyes are filling with tears of joy! thank you lord #Prop8IsUnconstitutional!

Damon Lindelof, Writer, Executive Producer:  I try not to get blatantly political on twitter. That being said? UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Judd Apatow, Producer, Director, Screenwriter: Awesome news!

Kerry Washington, Actress: YES! Woooooo Hooooooooo!!!!!!

Tom Arnold, Actor and Comedian: Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional..Duh!!

Olivia Wilde, Actress: Woohoo!! Die Prop 8 Die!!!! 9th Circuit just ruled you unconstitutional. Next step Supreme Court!

Michael Ian Black, Actor: Now that California ruined marriage, does anybody care if I have sex with Penelope Cruz?