Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi may be doing more to “normalize” same-sex marriage in California than multitudes of Subaru-driving, rainbow-stickered, two-soccer mom families ever could.
Why? Because time and time again it’s been shown that the voting public is swayed by media. I’m not talking about newspaper editorials (check out this thoughtful one in my local Press Democrat) or by NPR. The vast majority of people are reached through daytime television and publications like People magazine.
Because of Ellen’s popularity and wholesome, funny-girl-next-door quality, she continues to be the sort of advertising face that works for companies like American Express.
Now, following her recent marriage, she’s made this plea to California voters to oppose Proposition 8 on the November ballot, an initiative that seeks to change the California constitution to remove the court-granted rights of gays and lesbians to marry.
In support of same-sex marriage, she’s even helping to fund the broadcast of these spots (and you can, too, by clicking the “No On 8” button on the right side of this web page, and donating to the campaign.
While you’re at it, check out Ellen and Portia’s wedding video: