Charlize Theron: Rallies With Mom for Gay Marriage

The Oscar winner takes part in Fresno, Calif., protest against court ruling on Prop 8

By Marc Malkin Jun 01, 2009 5:50 PMTags

Charlize Theron may not have spoken at Saturday's Meet in the Middle gay marriage rally, but she certainly didn't go unnoticed.

The Academy Award winner was more than happy to pose for pics, chat and give out plenty of hugs as she listened to speeches with her mom and a small crew of friends.

Theron was an early supporter of the Fresno, Calif., rally, which was organized by the grassroots Courage Campaign.

She wasn't the only boldfaced name in the crowd. Find out who else was there and what they said…

T.R. Knight kept his remarks to the crowd short and to the point.

"The California Supreme Court achieved something in their decision," he said. "They created three classes of people. The first class: the straight people who can get married. The second class: the 18,000 same sex couples who are legally wed in California."

The third class consists of "the rest of us who are legally prohibited to get married," he continued. "I was not going to stand for being a second-class citizen, and I'm sure as hell not going to be a third-class citizen!"

Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black said the fight for gay marriage should take its lead from the late Harvey Milk.

"His message was simple," Black said, "Be proud, come out, represent yourself and reach out to our brothers and sisters in other communities, especially those who may vote against us."


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