quotations about gay marriage

If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break. That is my opinion.

JEANNE PHILLIPS, AOL News, Oct. 10, 2007


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New Rule: Gay marriage won't lead to dog marriage. It is not a slippery slope to rampant inter-species coupling. When women got the right to vote, it didn't lead to hamsters voting. No court has extended the equal protection clause to salmon. And for the record, all marriages are "same sex" marriages. You get married, and every night, it's the same sex.

BILL MAHER, New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer


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It's very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or as I like to call it: marriage. You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not "gay lunch". I parked my car; I didn't "gay park" it.

LIZ FELDMAN, "When I Get Married, Will It Be a Gay Marriage?", Huffington Post, June 6, 2012


If you are not for gay marriage, don't marry a gay person!

WHOOPI GOLDBERG, attributed, "8 Of The Best Quotes From Straight Celebrities", Dear Straight People, August 17, 2015


Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don't think we hurt anyone else's marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they're fine.

ELLEN DEGENERES, "Ellen's Brief to the Supreme Court", February 28, 2013


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If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it.

BEYONCÉ, Facebook post, March 27, 2013


At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.

GEORGE CLOONEY, attributed, "8 Of The Best Quotes From Straight Celebrities", Dear Straight People, August 17, 2015


You know, I feel like people in this country who feel really strongly about a man and a woman being the only -- the sole sort of gatekeeper of marriage should also support people staying together. I mean, a lot of heterosexual couples don't stay together, and I think that's as upsetting as two people who are really committed and loving and have been monogamous for many years wanting to ... be married and have -- share some of the same rights that this country is so uniquely qualified to give people.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER, Larry King Live, Feb. 25, 2004


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I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Sean Hannity Show, 2003


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It doesn't have any effect on your life. What do you care?! People try to talk about it like it's a social issue. Like when you see someone stand up on a talk show and say, "How am I supposed to explain to my children that two men are getting married?" I dunno. It's your sh*tty kid. You f***in' tell 'em. Why is that anyone else's problem--Two guys are in LOVE and they can't get married because you don't want to talk to your ugly child for five f***in' minutes?

LOUIS CK, "18 Times Louis CK Was Right About Modern Life", Esquire, April 13, 2015


Marriage should be between a spouse and a spouse, not a gender and a gender.

HENDRIK HERTZBERG, "Obama and Gay Marriage: Runaway Bride?", The New Yorker, June 30, 2011


Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right.

ANTHONY KENNEDY, majority opinion, Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015


Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn't marry. And you couldn't have that special day the way your friends do--you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person's shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.

MILEY CYRUS, "Why Miley Got Her Gay-Marriage Tattoo", Glamour, February 1, 2012


The truth is, the notion that gay marriage is harmful to marriage, is sort of mind-boggling, because these are people trying to get married. But it seems to me, if you want to defend marriage against something, defend it against divorce.

COKIE ROBERTS, Real Time with Bill Maher, August 6, 2004


What are you trying to protect heterosexual marriages from? There isn't a limited amount of love in Iowa. It isn't a non-renewable resource. If Amy and Barbara or Mike and Steve love each other, it doesn't mean that John and Mary can't.

ED FALLON, "Address on Gay Marriage Before the Iowa House", 1996


The objection to gay marriage is almost invariably biblical, but nobody's legal vows in this country are defined by interpretation of biblical verse - or at least, not since the Supreme Court stood up for Richard and Mildred Loving. A church wedding ceremony is a nice thing, but it is neither required for legal marriage in America nor does it constitute legal marriage in America. What constitutes legal marriage in this country is that critical piece of paper that you and your betrothed must sign and then register with the state. The morality of your marriage may indeed rest between you and God, but it's that civic and secular paperwork which makes your vows official here on earth. Ultimately, then, it is the business of America's courts, not America's churches, to decide the rules of matrimonial law, and it is in those courts that the same-sex marriage debate will finally be settled.

ELIZABETH GILBERT, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage


I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights. I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that's the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.

RASHAD EVANS, "UFC's Rashad Evans Comes Out For Gay Marriage", OutSports, March 18, 2013


It's two people that are in love with one another. What's the issue?

JANET JACKSON, attributed, Thought Catalog


Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!'

HENRY ROLLINS, Talk Is Cheap: Volume I


Equality. Absolutely. That's what defines us. It's what makes us great. If it doesn't sit well with your religion, let your God sort it out in the end, but that's us. We're equal.

BRAD PITT, "Brad Pitt on Gay Marriage: Equality Defines Us", MTV, November 26, 2012