Ellen Degeneres announces she’ll marry Portia DiRossi

Yesterday California’s supreme court overturned the ban on sex sex marriage, which makes it the second state after Massachusetts to allow same sex partners full marriage rights. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would uphold the decision by his state’s Supreme Court, having twice vetoed past bills by the Legislature legalizing same-sex marriage. His reasoning for rejecting the bills was a referendum in 2000 which banned gay marriage and was approved by 60% of California voters. Now Schwarzenegger says that he respects the court’s decision and will not overturn this ruling.

Same sex couples should be able to marry in a month or so, according to the Associated Press. Conservatives want to block the measure with an amedment to the state Constitution barring same-sex marriage, but Schwarzenegger has already stated that he would not support it and will abide by the court’s ruling.

Ellen Degeneres, 50, announced that she would marry her same sex partner of three and a half years, Australian actress Portia de Rossi, 35, as a result of the legalization of same sex marriage in their state. She is said to have told her studio audience in an episode to air today that they will make their union legal.

Both People and US Weekly quote Ellen’s interview with the Advocate, in which she called Portia her “perfect fit,” and said “She’s taught me lessons about myself, and I feel like I’ve taught her. We’ve both changed and grown, and we just feel like, ‘Oh, ok, this is completion.’”

Congratulations to Ellen and Portia and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together.

Ellen and Portia are shown at the GLAAD media awards on 4/26/08, thanks to WENN.

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  1. Kat says:

    That’s awesome!

  2. lulu says:

    what the hell is going on with portia’s face??

  3. Kristin says:

    That’s so great. I am so happy for them. :]

  4. elisha says:

    I’m so proud of my state, Gavin Newsom, and for once, the Governor! And of course THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA!!!!

    Alos, I read Portia was in the audience when Ellen announced this. How sweet!!!

  5. tvf says:

    They’re gonna have a lot of fun if the ruling gets overturned and then they try to get a divorce…

  6. Kolby says:

    Good news! I’m especially happy for Ellen!

  7. Bodhi says:

    Hooray!! Congrats to them!

  8. Anni says:

    that´s cool. awesome. but…only 2 out of 50 states? that´s kinda sad, but i see where it´s going, more states will allow gay marriage in the future i guess. yay!

  9. Cindy says:

    un natural

  10. JennGush says:

    I heard this on the radio when my husbands alarm went off this morning. I said something like, “It’s about f*ing time” Thank god. Hopefully more states will follow suit… 😛 Portia is gorgeous.

  11. summertime921 says:

    Anni-I see what you are saying,and unfortunately the process of changing legislation in the U.S. is very slow. But you are right that this will lead to more change in other states. 🙂

    Congratulations to Ellen and Portia!

  12. KateNonymous says:

    Good for Ellen and Portia, and about time for California.

  13. notprfect says:

    Yay! Go California! Now if only the rest of us could catch up. 😀

    I really don’t understand why two people of the same sex haven’t been allowed to get married anyway, except that the bible says so. Isn’t there supposed to be a separation of church and state? Hmmm…

    Anyway, this is a gossip site, not a political site so: Congrats to Ellen and Portia and all of the other gay people in CA that are now able to have something that they should have been able to have all along. 😐

  14. RReedy says:

    Everybody should be FOR gay marriage…let them be as miserable as the rest of us…….

  15. Scott F. says:

    Congratulations California, it’s great to know that if your citizens vote to make a law, a court can step in and overturn it on a whim. I don’t give two shits about gays marrying either way, but it seems dangerous to me that everyone is sooooo happy about this, that they fail to see what happened.

    A referendum went out, the citizens chose to make the law the way it is, and the court just said “nope, we don’t think you understand the law, so it doesn’t matter what you want.” That’s not a Republic, that’s judiciary facism.

  16. summertime921 says:

    I began to type out a response to Scott’s comment, but there are so many things wrong with it that I just don’t have the time or energy to do so. All I will say is that the U.S. is not a pure democracy(which is made clear in the Constitution) and the court was clearly within its constitutional right.

  17. Scott F. says:

    No summer, we’re not a democracy, I believe I called us a Republic ( a Representative Republic if you wanna get picky). I suppose you’d be just as supportive if a court in Alabama decided that abortion infringed on an unborn child’s right to life, and just decided to make it illegal right?

    A Republic is designed to ALWAYS defer to the people. Either through referendums, or more commonly, their elected representatives. The people decided that they wanted the law the way it was, and a court stepped in and decided they knew better. Keep in mind, this is the same court that is the reason Charlie Manson and his cronies are still alive, because they temporarily deemed capital punishment unconstitutional.

    The state is supposed to be steered by the people, not a handful of ‘intellectuals’ in black robes. That sounds more like the Empire in Star Wars than America.

  18. summertime921 says:

    whatever, lets just agree to disagree

  19. Devilgirl says:

    I have always wanted to know why the gay community wants to have the torturous ability to marry their partners? Can’t they see how miserable most heterosexual, legally married couples are? Why put a pox upon themselves like marriage? I wish they would draft up a law forbiding any marriages, gay, straight. :mrgreen:

  20. Hollz says:

    Devilgirl- Married couples get legal rights..for instance, here in Canada, if you are in the army and are overseas fighting and you get shot, the army has to call your contact person. If this person is not your spouse, they can’t tell them what happened, only that something did, until they contact your next of kin(ie your parents)