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DeGeneres hails Prop 8 overturn

Ellen DeGeneres has hailed the overturning of Proposition 8.

Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8, which made gay marriage illegal, violated constitutional rights and overturned the law in the state of California on Wednesday.

American Idol judge Ellen tweeted: "This just in: Equality won!"

Her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, added: "I am ecstatic. This is an incredibly exciting and historical day and a big step towards equal rights for all."

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told the Los Angeles Times the ruling "affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves" while Glee star Jane Lynch - who recently married her partner, Lara Embry, in Massachusetts - told Access Hollywood shortly before the ruling: "It's a wave you can't stop. It's going to happen and people have to just come along."

Star Trek's George Takei - who married partner of 20 years Brad Altman in 2008 - heard the news while in Las Vegas for a Trekkie convention.

He told E! News: "We're overjoyed. We're very happy. And we're going to pop a bottle of champagne." But he added: "I'm sure this is going to be challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court, but my gut feeling is that it's a clear constitutional issue that's in our favour."

His message to Prop 8 supporters was: "Mind your own marriage."

And gay rights activist Cyndi Lauper said in a statement: "Gay and lesbian couples have long struggled for the ability to marry the person they love and want to build a family with. This decision is a major step in the right direction towards equality."

Other stars hailing the news on Twitter included Paris Hilton, Ricky Martin, Kim Kardashian, Christina Applegate, Kelly Osbourne, Samantha Ronson and Zachary Quinto.

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