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posted Friday, March 18, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 11
Hollywood stars ask Obama to legalize same-sex marriage
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Hollywood stars ask Obama to legalize same-sex marriage

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

In conjunction with Freedom to Marry's 'Say I Do' campaign, Hollywood stars sent a letter to President Barack Obama this week asking him to make marriage equality a reality for the American people.

The letter read:

Dear Mr. President:

In February, you made a powerful statement about the law.

Invoking guarantees enshrined in the Constitution, you and the attorney general determined that federal discrimination against Gay and Lesbian couples in marriage is unconstitutional. Thank you for taking a principled stance and an important step toward equal protection under the law for all Americans.

Today we ask you to take the next step and join the majority of Americans who support allowing loving and committed Gay and Lesbian couples to legally marry.

Mr. President, marriage matters. In law, in love, in life, marriage says 'we are family' in a way that nothing else does. Marriage is the coming together of two lives, marked by a public promise of love and responsibility in front of friends and family. And marriage brings not only public respect and personal significance, but also a safety net of legal protections, rights and responsibilities for which there is no substitute.

Like so many Americans, you have spoken of your personal journey toward support for the freedom to marry. You have talked about the Gay and Lesbian people in your life, their commitment to each other and care for their kids, and their families that aren't so different from any other family.

We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day. Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again. With so many Americans talking it through in heartfelt conversations, it is a question that calls for clarity from the president.

You can offer hope to millions of young Gay and Lesbian Americans who are facing discrimination. You can tell them that their future is bright, that they, too, will be able to grow up and marry the person that they love, that the pursuit of happiness truly belongs to us all. You can put government on the side of those seeking to care for their loved ones, instead of those standing in their way. You can affirm that for all of us, Gay or non-Gay, love is love and commitment counts - and that we Americans should treat others as we all want to be treated.

Mr. President, the time to end exclusion from marriage is now. We ask you to complete your journey and join us and the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry.

Sincerely,

Brendon Ayanbadejo, Helen Fabela Chavez, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Jack Dorsey, Melissa Etheridge, Scott Fujita, David Geffen, Anne Hathaway, Chris Hughes & Sean Eldridge, Tony Kushner & Mark Harris, Jane Lynch & Lara Embry, Eric McCorakc, Rev. Peter Morales, Mya, Sean Parker, Mark Pincus, Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea, Martin Sheen, Rev. William Sinkford, Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner, Zach Wahls, Rufus Wainwright, Evan Wolfson, Bob Wright & Suzanne Wright, and Julian Bond.

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