Gay Rights Ruling: Celebs React on Twitter to Supreme Court Striking Down Defense of Marriage Act

Lena Dunham, Alyssa Milano, Ben Affleck, Jesse Tyler Ferguson among celebs weighing in on today's historic ruling in favor of gay marriage

By Josh Grossberg Jun 26, 2013 2:54 PMTags
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Hollywood is applauding the United States Supreme Court.

In two 5-4 rulings on Wednesday, the high court dismissed a defense of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure in California that outlawed same-sex marriage, and determined that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, is unconstitutional.

The verdict is not only a huge victory for gay rights activists who sued to ensure same-sex spouses are entitled to federal benefits and equal protection under the law, but it's a cause for celebration among celebrities who for years have been advocating for the court to overturn DOMA.

Here's a roundup of stars' reactions on Twitter:

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: "Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!"

Ben Affleck: "Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality."

Kal Penn: "#DOMA decision is based on equal protection/5th amendment, not states rights. That's a great distinction. #skeet #skeet #skeet @SCOTUSblog"

Lena Dunham: "First Wendy, now DOMA gets the boot! Sometimes things are really great."

Demi Lovato: "Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality."

Leonardo DiCaprio: "Historic day. Well done #SCOTUS. RT @GLAAD: Supreme Court affirms that #DOMA is unconstitutional!"

Michael Moore: "SupremeCourt just ruled federal government canNOT make same-sex marriage illegal. Clinton's Defense of Marriage Act voided. Huge victory."

Brad Goreski:  "Amazing day! #DOMA struck down as unconstitutional!!"

Seth Meyers: "DOMA And Prop 8 should get married"

Damon Lindelof: "I want to french Justice Kennedy SO hard right now."

President Barack Obama: "Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove"  #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove"

Kristen Bell: "@daxshepard will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove"

Alyssa Milano: "A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now."