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: