Sir Ian McKellen, an actor of the homosexual variety, came out against California’s Proposition 8 today.
And, being a Hollywood type, McKellen released his statement via the Beverly Hills High School Gay Straight Alliance:
California’s influence stretches across the world through the imagination of its citizens in films and through the internet. At the same time, its welcome to strangers has meant it has been home to those escaping oppression, many of whom have identified themselves as gay. For both reasons I feel involved in the outcome of voting over Proposition 8.
The world has turned to a point where any discrimination against gay people in your state, in your country, in our world is unseemly and unnecessarily cruel. If two people wish to declare their love for each other, who are the rest of us to stand in their way?
McKellenn concludes by urging voters to vote “no,” but the actor does make sure to say “please.” Quite the gentleman, that Ian!