DeGeneres filed her "brief" on her on her website displaying quite a bit of the humor she is known for.
In her brief, DeGeneres writes:
"California’s Proposition 8 is headed to the Supreme Court. Hundreds of companies and families as well as Republicans are submitting briefs urging the 9 judges to allow gay people to marry. I thought that was ridiculous. Why would judges want all of that underwear? Then, after a quick talk with some people, I found out what a brief was.
I’ve never filed a brief to the Supreme Court, so I thought I would post mine here. I’m sure someone will tweet it to them."
Hilarious! DeGeneres is referring to the brief filed by the Obama administration on February 28 which urges the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the same-sex marriage ban in California and the open support for the constitutional rights for gay and lesbian couples to marry.
A group of 200 of America's largest businesses, Several Republicans as well as actor Clint Eastwood have filed briefs along with Bendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe who are two of the NFL's most out-spoken athletes when it comes to gay rights and marriage equality.
Ellen has a personal connection being a lesbian and involved in a marriage to wife Portia de Rossi for over four years.
She goes on to say:
"Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine.
But even though Portia and I got married in the short period of time when it was legal in California, there are 1,138 federal rights for married couples that we don’t have, including some that protect married people from losing their homes, or their savings or custody of their children."
DeGeneres also describes how hard it was to come out as gay and the hardest battle was self-acceptance and the fear of societal rejection. Ending the brief she expresses her hope that the Supreme Court will do the right thing because it will help keep families together and more importantly help children.
Ellen's full brief can be read on her website.