Emmy-winning comedienne Ellen DeGeneres says she is “saddened beyond belief” that California voters have passed Proposition 8, a proposition that would ban same-sex marriages in the state, the Associated Press reports.
She told the AP Wednesday that although the nation took a huge step forward with the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president, “we took a giant step away” with the passing of Prop 8.
“Watching the returns on election night was an amazing experience. Barack Obama is our new president. Change is here. I, like millions of Americans, felt like we had taken a giant step towards equality. We were watching history.”
“This morning, when it was clear that Proposition 8 had passed in California, I can’t explain the feeling I had. I was saddened beyond belief. Here we just had a giant step towards equality and then on the very next day, we took a giant step away.”
“I believe one day a ‘ban on gay marriage’ will sound totally ridiculous. In the meantime, I will continue to speak out for equality for all of us.”
Ellen, who married actress Portia de Rossi last August after a Supreme Court decision last May legalized same-sex marriages in California, contributed $100,000 to combat the controversial proposition.