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Ellen DeGeneres celebrates gay marriage ruling

Ellen DeGeneres and many other stars tweeted their excitement at equal rights for gay and straight couples in the United States.

Ellen has been married to actress Portia de Rossi since 2008, but the union was later invalidated by the California Supreme Court.

The media mogul is overjoyed the United States Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday.

The law denied federal benefits to married homosexual couples.

California’s Proposition 8, which had put a ban on gay marriage, was also deemed unlawful.

"It's a supremely wonderful day for equality," she tweeted on Wednesday. "Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

Ellen isn’t the only star thrilled about the resumption of same-sex marriages being allowed.

The X Factor USA judge Demi Lovato posted on Twitter about her glee.

"Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else,” she commented. “What an incredible day for California AND for equality."

Lady Gaga has been a staunch proponent of homosexual marriage for years and is also proud of her country’s decision.

“We stand tall today.#DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority,” she tweeted.

Actor Ben Affleck, who is married and has four children with actress Jennifer Garner, shared that he was a very happy man.

His best friend Matt Damon recently portrayed Scott Thorson, the lover of the late pianist Liberace in the TV movie Behind The Candelabra.

"Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality," Ben posted online.

Actress Kristen Bell proposed to her partner Dax Shepard after hearing her friends would be able to have the same rights as straight people.

And lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge announced she is to marry Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem after the rulings.

"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties," she wrote on Twitter about tying the knot with her partner since 2010.

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