Ellen DeGeneres opened up on her show on Wednesday about the anti-gay group One Million Moms and about California overturning Proposition 8, legislature which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
"There was some good news for marriage equality in California yesterday," DeGeneres said on "Ellen" on February 8. "I'm happy to say that yesterday an appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional. I'm sure the people who oppose it will try to appeal it - but it's a step in the right direction. So I'm happy."
DeGeneres wed actress Portia de Rossi in August of 2008, when same-sex marriages were made legal in California for several months before a majority of voters approved the Proposition 8 ballot initiative to ban them.
The openly gay host has been dealing with a lot of opposition lately from the conservative group One Million Moms, which protested JCPenney naming her their new spokesperson.
"Normally I try not to pay attention to my haters ? but this time I'd like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators," DeGeneres said on her show. "This organization doesn't think I should be the spokesperson because I'm gay. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it's true. I'm gay... I hope you were sitting down. I hate to break it to you this way but anyway."
One Million Moms accused JCPenney of "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon" and said that "the majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."
Many JCPenney shoppers have spoken out in support of the partnership, congratulating the company for sticking to their decision and insisting that "conservative and bigoted are not the same thing." DeGeneres also had a response to the Facebook post.
"First of all, being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon," DeGeneres said. "You don't get a free ride anywhere... There's no music. And occasionally we'll sing 'We Are Family' but that's about it. Secondly, they said a majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and not shop there anymore... And not that there's anyone counting, but for a group that calls themselves a Million Moms, they only have 40,000 members on their page. So they're rounding up to the nearest million and I get that."
Before she launched her talk show in 2003, DeGeneres starred in her own ABC sitcom, "Ellen," which ran between 1994 and 1998. She came out as a lesbian in April 1997. So did her character, in what became a controversial episode that spurred several companies, such as the Chrysler Corporation to pull its advertisements, and caused scores of viewers to stop watching the show.
DeGeneres' talk series is now one of the most popular daytime programs and has won 35 Emmys, including the 2011 award for Outstanding Talk Show.
It was announced earlier this month that a comedy pilot starring Portia de Rossi and co-produced by partner Ellen DeGeneres has found a new home at ABC.
The project, whose working title is "The Smart One," sees de Rossi, 39, playing "a brilliant and successful woman who begrudgingly goes to work for her less-brainy but more popular sister - a former beauty queen, weather girl and now big-city mayor," according to a network statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on February 3.
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