Friday, October 23, 2009

Celebrity Story: Ellen DeGeneres

One well known gay celebrity is Ellen DeGeneres. Her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres show, often discusses controversial topics and is widely popular in the united states. The character that DeGeneres played on her sitcom, Ellen, came out on May 1st, 1997; DeGeneres came out right afterwards. In 2004 Ellen met Portia De Rossi backstage at an awards show, and the two women began dating. Portia didn’t publically come out until 2005 in interviews with Details and The Advocate. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres announced on a May 2008 episode of the Ellen DeGeneres show that she and Portia de Rossi were engaged.  DeGeneres proposed to Portia with a three-carat pink diamond ring. The couple got married August 16th, 2008 in their home. Only 19 guests attended the ceremony.

This a video of the couple and a spotlight on their wedding:



In the recent presidential election, Ellen had a debate with Republican candidate John McCain about gay marriage. Here is the video:

1 comment:

  1. I think that the video on McCain and DeGeneres was a a good video to post near the end of this blog discussion. I personally feel that people who are homosexual should absolutely have the right to get married, but there are many people out there who have not been brought up or taught the same things as me. Some people may just never feel that gay marriage is appropriate, which is very unfortunate, but if they are able to wish them the best of luck and accept how others feel about the issue, what more can really be asked? If someone feels so strongly about an issue you cannot force them to just change their mind and feelings because that is just who they are and coming to a mutual agreement is sometimes the best way to handle the situation.

    Meghan Slaalien