Quote of the day

A witness to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding wishes opponents of gay marriage could have seen it.

Published August 18, 2008 4:05PM (EDT)

When Ellen DeGeneres announced on her talk show in May that she would soon be marrying her girlfriend, Portia de Rossi, the crowd in the studio went wild. On Saturday, two months after the state of California began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, DeGeneres and de Rossi finally got hitched in their Beverly Hills, Calif., backyard, wearing Zac Posen and exchanging vows they wrote themselves.

Reports from the 19 guests in attendance are scarce, but one witness gave the Chicago Sun-Times our quote of the day:

''I only wished someone from one of those anti-gay marriage groups could have witnessed the great outpouring of love and respect between Ellen and Portia. Then, they might better understand that love is not about gender ... it's about two people who are totally dedicated to each other and their relationship.''

We're glad for Ellen and Portia's sake that no one from those anti-gay-marriage groups crashed the celebration, but otherwise, we second that emotion. Congrats to the happy couple!

By Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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