'I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends'
Actress Kristen Bell is often asked why she and boyfriend, Dax Shepard, have not yet gotten married even though they have been engaged for more than two years.
The star of Showtime's House of Lies says the delay has everything to do with her solidarity to marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
'I get a ton of questions about when Dax and I are getting married,' she tells The Advocate. 'I usually blow them off because it’s nobody’s business. To be honest with you — and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place — the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant.'
'Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us,' she added. 'We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.'
Actress Pauley Perrette, who stars in the hit CBS series NCIS, has made a similar pledge with her fiancee, actor Thomas Arklie, as have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Pitt, however, said last month that he and Jolie may end up getting married regardless because of pressure from some of their six children.
As for Bell, her stance is consistent with her work on behalf of LGBT causes.
'In about 10 years, knock on wood, I think we’re going to be embarrassed as a nation about our behavior on this issue,' she says of the same-sex marriage debate. 'It’s going to be exactly like what happened in 1970, when people were like, 'Whoa, 1960 sucked. We should’ve let everyone ride the bus.''
Bell has had a strong gay following since starring in the cult favorite TV series Veronica Mars.
'Veronica always stood up for the underdog, and many people in the LGBT community identify themselves as an underdog because that’s what America does to them,' she says. 'Veronica was always a friend to outsiders and very much against bullying of any kind.'