QUEERTY EXCLUSIVE— What a week it’s been! With Iowa and Vermont rolling the gay marriage train out of the station, we asked some of our favorite celebs what their opinions are on gay marriage. Sure, sure, they’re not exactly experts, but as public personalities, Hollywood’s finest set a great example, not just for the industry, but for the country.
“I almost dropped dead the first time I heard Bob Dole say ‘gay marriage’ on the floor of the senate. He wasn’t saying nice things, but he said it! I never thought in my lifetime I’d hear that. I just think we’re moving now at warp speed. Even when we take a step back like with prop 8, we take two steps forward.” –- Cherry Jones, currently playing the President on 24
“I think a lot of people will realize what they’re doing is wrong. I think if people honestly ask themselves and don’t try to hide behind religion about what they really do believe and does it really affect them – no it doesn’t. I think as Obama says, ‘The right side of history will show itself.’” –- Van Hansis who plays gay on As The World Turns
“One of the most necessary part of gays and lesbians being accepted is making sure that in the media they’re portrayed in a necessary light… [The GLAAD awards] show makes sure that that happens, that they’re portrayed positively as opposed to stereotypically.” –- Clay Aiken, American Idol star
“A world without closets…a place where love can be expressed freely and without anxiety…Gay children of God are entitled to the same rights as all the other children.” –- Phil Donahue, on what he wants the world to be like in the future.
“What we have to do is take ownership of who this community really is. When this community stops asking people for something and knowing what is their right and what they deserve…the way the community understands its own power and the way it inspires other people… We’re not going to be angry. We are angry, but we’re going to channel it into something much more powerful. That is when this community became a community, and when people come out and share their stories, and tell everybody who they are in the face of a world of divisiveness and vilification, and they say, ‘I’m sorry, this is who I am.
I will own it whether you like it or not.’ Do you understand what that statement means? How powerful it is? …I see so much in this community and I don’t want to see it waste its time or energy. It’s very important to begin to nurture and honor and respect yourselves for who you are. I do really think that will make things turn around. I really do.” -– Judith Light, Ugly Betty‘s mater familias and our favorite person in the world.