Ellen DeGeneres on Gay Marriage: “We Need Everyone On Our Side”

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres commented on gay marriage. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Standing up! Ellen DeGeneres sounded off on gay marriage on Friday, Jan. 16, commenting after the Supreme Court decided to hear cases on same-sex marriage.

DeGeneres, 56, was speaking to reporters at NBCUniversal's Television Critics Association press tour, when she was asked about the justices' choice to look at cases from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. 

"Yay!" the Ellen DeGeneres Show host exclaimed simply. "That's fantastic. It's about time."

"It's funny," she continued. "I don't know if you've seen the movie Selma, but the thing that changed the civil rights movement is when white people got involved and started marching, because until then, it was just nothing but violence and disaster, and it continued to be for a while." 

"We need everyone on our side," DeGeneres continued. "We're kind of trying to do this march, and we just need people that believe in equality and believe in fairness and love. So if we have people that will join us and give us that, which is only fair to have the same rights that everybody else has, then it's a wonderful world."

DeGeneres' words follow an earlier statement from the funnywoman this week. On Wednesday, Jan. 14, she spoke out on her show after being targeted by a conservative Christian pastor in a column. 

"I don’t usually read anything about myself," DeGeneres began in her monologue. "But I heard there was an article written about me and I would like to address it right now. It’s a pastor who wrote an article for the Christian Post where he accuses Hollywood of having a gay agenda and said that 'Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her lesbianism and 'marriage' in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.'" 

"The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another," she said. "That is the message that I’m sending out. I don't have an agenda. I'm not here to brainwash anyone… I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself. The most important thing is to be true to yourself."

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