Ellen DeGeneres says she is ‘saddened beyond belief’ by the passage of a constitutional amendment in California banning gay marriage. The talk show host said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press that she, ‘like millions of Americans, felt like we had taken a giant step toward equality’ by electing Barack Obama as president. DeGeneres says that with the passage of California’s Proposition 8, ‘we took a giant step away.'” [MSNBC]