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For a long time now, Ellen DeGeneres has been one of the most outspoken celebrities on gay marriage and equality. She married Portia de Rossi in 2008 and was a big advocate for California’s NoH8 movement and the Freedom to Marry campaign, which resulted in the nationwide legalization of gay marriage.
It was no surprise then when yesterday, Ellen released a short clip from an upcoming show expressing her feelings about a new religious freedom bill that was passed this week in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant signed the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act” into law amid a host of controversy including disapproval from major national corporations like AT&T, Toyota, GE, and Hyatt.
The wording of the bill is particularly discriminatory to same-sex couples and transgender people. It states that for religious reasons you can “deny gay people marriage, adoption, and foster care services; fire or refuse to employ them; and decline to rent or sell them property” according to a quote from CNN in the video.
While Ellen peppered her monologue with numerous jokes, ultimately she was quite serious in her message. She made it a point to say that “this is not politics, it’s human rights” and referred to the bill as “the definition of discrimination.”
In the monologue, Ellen admitted she had been fired for being gay once, referring to her sitcom Ellen, and the infamous “Puppy Episode” where her character came out as gay, only to be cancelled a year later. She has also caused controversy with conservative Christian groups as spokeswoman for nationwide ad campaigns for both JCPenney and CoverGirl cosmetics.
In typical warm-hearted Ellen fashion she wrapped up her comments calling for “less hate and more love, less tearing apart and more coming together, and less sitting and more dancing,” something she knows quite a bit about.