Celebs from Ellen DeGeneres to Kim Kardashian React! President Obama Supports Gay Marriage

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President Barack Obama gave anchor Robin Roberts the historic scoop of a lifetime. The breaking news was heard from Washington D.C. to Hollywood. Of course, there has been a myriad of reactions. The president confessed that he hesitated on gay marriage because he thought that "civil unions would be sufficient" and that the the word marriage evokes "religious beliefs" for many people.

The past few years we've seen many private citizens calling out for more awareness of LGBT issues and joining campaigns such as Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" and Adam Bouska's "NoH8." President Obama repealed the archaic military policy "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during his first term, but says that his position has been "evolving" concerning gay marriage.

Celebrities immediately took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to react to the groundbreaking news. There has been no reaction yet from child star Kirk Cameron who came under fire in recent months for a Piers Morgan interview where he shared his anti-gay marriage beliefs.

Kim Kardashian, never one to miss a public conversation, took to her blog to share her thoughts. Under the heading, "It's About Time! Thank you, Obama" KK writes, "Wow… I just heard that President Obama has officially announced that he supports gay marriage!! This is such a huge step forward in our country's fight for civil rights and I hope that today this will give hope to so many young people across the country." Kim recently attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner where the President had a laugh at her expense by asking, "Why is she famous anyway?"

The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star went on to write, "We've never had a president so supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and today I am proud to be an American!! I'm so happy that our country is making history and moving forward. No more living in the past!"

Other stars took to twitter to share their gratitude. Comic and TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi tweeted, "Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed." Ellen's eponymous talk show was intercepted in some markets with the President's announcement. Viewer Suki Eastman tweeted, "Was watching 'Ellen' when the news came YAY! A step in the direction of equal rights!"

There's been no response at the time of this writing to prominent voices in the LGBT equality fight such as Wanda Sykes, Chaz Bono, RuPaul and Cynthia Nixon, but we bet that they'll be forthcoming. Neil Patrick Harris who is engaged to Chef David Burtka tweeted, ‏ "Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you." Openly gay singer Ricky Martin weighed in with, "I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic!" We agree.

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