After Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings, predictably, a group of celebrities chimed in with Twitter cheers. Kristen Bell, who had announced that she and partner Dax Shepard would wait for gay marriage to be legal in California before they ever thought about tying the knot, proposed. They was not alone, with financial help from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to an all-out push that might finally show what all those fancy fundraisers are for. The Hollywood Reporter's Tina Daunt today wrote a story declaring that Hollywood had a "key role" in bringing same-sex marriage back to California — that a Proposition 8 fight backed by famous people in the court and the court of public opinion "alone makes Hollywood's crucial intervention in the same-sex marriage issue a landmark in the history of the entertainment industry's support for human and civil rights."
Los Angeles celebrities, of course, immediately joined the chorus of outrage on November 5, 2008, when their supposedly liberal state banned gay marriage. The next month, Funny or Die released "Prop 8 - The Musical," a satirical song-and-dance number starring the likes of Jack Black and Maya Rudolph, written by Marc Shaiman. At the time, Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times reported that the video "is also a reminder to Mr. Shaiman and like-minded colleagues of how events might have turned out if they had been vocal and organized before Proposition 8 was approved by California voters last month."