Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kristen Bell tweets proposal to Dax Shepard just after DOMA is mostly struck down

Seemingly moments after the Supreme Court struck down key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Wednesday, "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell immediately jumped on Twitter. She tweeted a proposal to longtime beau Dax Shepard.
.@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove”
His response was quick -- though later deleted. It was:
F--- yes!!!!!!
It was later replaced with the better-thought out and more family friendly response, below:
DOMA is dead. Prop 8 is dead. Now let's bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!
No wedding date has been announced, yet, although it appears the couple is serious.  Bell and Shepard have a daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard, born in March of 2013.

The "We won't marry until everyone can marry" stance has been taken by other straight celebrity couples in the past. Among the most high-profile was Brangelina, who told Esquire in 2006 that:
Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.
Since then, Pitt and Jolie have become engaged, but no wedding date has been announced.

They may be waiting a while, too. SCOTUS' decision on DOMA on Wednesday did not completely strike down the law. It left in place the portion of DOMA that says that states don't have to recognize the marriages that have taken place legally in other states.

Thus, although a same-sex couple that is married will now receive the same federal benefits and burdens of a heterosexual couple, they may not receive the same in terms of state burdens and benefits.

Additionally, the DOMA decision -- and the Prop. 8 decision, also issued on Wednesday -- does not affect states that have not legalized marriage equality. Only 13 states -- including California, now that the Prop. 8 decision is in place -- have legalized same-sex marriage.

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