Shortly after Barack Obama made history on Wednesday (9 May) by becoming the first US president to publicly support gay marriage, Ellen DeGeneres got on Twitter to express her gratitude.
‘Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words,’ she tweeted. ‘I’m overwhelmed.’
DeGeneres, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, was among the famous people in the entertainment industry who were quick with praise.
Openly gay actors such as Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sean Maher, Chris Colfer, Michael Urie and Gavi Greel also weighed in enthusiastically.
Ricky Martin, currently starring on Broadway in Evita, is scheduled to host an LGBT fundraiser for Obama next week and wrote: ‘I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic! I will be a very proud host on Monday.’
Actor Wilson Cruz was standing on the corner of 145 and Fredrick Douglas in New York City when he got the news via a news alert from Huffington Post.
‘I shocked myself when I burst into tears,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘It’s not as if I didn’t already believe the president supported us. But there I was in Harlem, sobbing.’
Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who questioned recently whether Obama deserved to continue to receive LGBT support without fully embracing marriage equality, wrote Wednesday: ‘Thank you Mr. President. You now have my full support.’
Straight allies were also enthusiastic in their praise of Obama.
Tweeted singer Adam Levine: ‘Thank you @BarackObama for reminding us all that true leadership is not dead.’
Singer Cyndi Lauper, who will be on Capitol Hill Thursday to appeal to members of Congress to fund programs supporting our homeless LGBT youth, said in a statement that she has ‘never been prouder to call him my president than I am today.’
‘The president’s support of marriage equality gives hope and encouragement to the millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who feel ostracized and alone,’ Lauper said. ‘The words of the president have reinforced that they are worthy of dignity, respect, and love – just like everyone else. As a supporter of the president and a longtime advocate for young gay and lesbian Americans, I am thrilled about today’s news.’