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Ellen Comes Out Swinging Against California's Bigoted Prop 8


Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

I take back everything negative I ever said about Ellen DeGeneres (and it hasn't been much; we love Ellen in our family). The comedian and talk show host — and my son's hero — is shelling out big bucks of her own to fight Proposition 8, the evil California ballot measure that would reverse marriage equality in the state. If this bill passes, DeGeneres' own recent nuptials to Portia de Rossi will be overturned and rendered null and void.

It is unbelievable that any of her fellow citizens are so cruel and so determined to put her and thousands of others through that kind of hell. But many of them do — the vitriol from pro-8 bigots has been just shameful. And so were Gavin Newsom's recorded comments taunting the right wing. The San Francisco mayor's immaturity and lack of grace may end up being the nail in the coffin for justice lovers. Should the shameful proposition win, I hope Newsom's political career ends — his temperament shows him unfit to serve or be trusted.

But back to my girl Ellen: Mrs. D. today released a video urging Californians to vote NO on Prop 8.

Her message:

Hi, I'm Ellen DeGeneres. I got to do something this year I never thought I'd ever be able to do: I got married. It was the happiest day of my life.

Please, please, vote NO on Prop. 8.

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There are people out there raising millions of dollars to try and take that right away from me. You've seen their ads on TV. They're twisting the truth, and they're trying to scare you. I believe in fairness. I believe in compassion. I believe in equality for all people. Proposition 8 does not.

She is putting her money where her mouth is too, spending $100,000 to buy airtime for her :30 spot. As far as I am concerned, Ellen rocks and is back on my best-girls list. And should Prop 8 win passage, this girl will work to make sure Gavin Newsom is never elected again, and to boycott Californian bigots. (Yes, companies there will get a litmus test from November 5 forward if they want my business.)

I don't care where you live: If you are a decent person, do whatever you can to support No on Prop 8. If you can afford to give, do it. Time is running out. Do I sound desperate? Good — because I am, desperate for justice and equality.


by Natalie Davis

Natalie Davis is an award-winning investigative reporter and interviewer who has worked in print and broadcast journalism since 1979. She earned her stripes working for WCVT, WRKA (Louisville), WCBM, CBS-Baltimore, and Sirius Satellite Radio (New York) and as a contributing writer and editor at the Baltimore Alternative and the City Paper alternative weeklies in Baltimore and Washington. Her writings have appeared in publications (print and online) around the world, including the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Afro, Music Monthly, Out Magazine, Metro Weekly, Bay Windows, Business Credit, Mademoiselle, Institutional Investor, and many more. A committed pacifist, Davis is also a respected progressive-issues activist, organizer, musician, and public speaker. She co-founded and still moderates the Baltimore Activists Coalition and established the still-vital The Armchair Activist effort, which promotes citizen action for peace, GLBT equality, feminism, progressive issues, and human rights. Additonally, she operates Grateful Dread Public Radio, a community service Internet radio station. Her blog, All Facts and Opinions, resides at

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