If you’ve ever seen the show The New Adventures of Old Christine, then you know just how funny Wanda Sykes is. She is the crack-up that always puts Christine in her place and has a smart-ass answer for just about everything anyone has to say. The current season began with Christine and Barb (the character that Wanda plays) getting married and it seems that this storyline may have struck closer to home than viewers originally thought as Sykes has just come out and announced that she was gay and a newlywed! From the Daily Blabber,
“The hilariously funny Wanda Sykes officially came out of the closet yesterday, announcing at a Las Vegas rally for gay marriage that she married her girlfriend on Oct. 25, just days before Proposition 8 passed in California.
“You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life,” The New Adventures of Old Christine star told the crowd.
“I got pissed off,” she continued. “They pissed me off. I said, ‘You know what? Now I gotta get in your face.’ And that’s what we all have to do now. They pissed off the wrong group of people. They have galvanized a community…Instead of having gay marriage in California, we’re going to get it across the country.”
Wanda said she looks forward to the day when she and her partner are treated equally.
When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York,” she said. “How can you stop people from loving each other?”
“I am proud to be a woman,” she said. “I’m proud to be a black woman and I’m proud to be gay.”
Proposition 8 sure is making a lot of news, especially in the world of celebrities, with many of them, gay or not, publicly speaking out on the issue. I am happy that Wanda and others, such as Ellen DeGeneres were able to say their “I Do’s” before the controversial law was passed. I agree with Sykes in that no one should be denied the right to love and that they should also be allowed to publicly declare that love before their friends and family. You rock, Wanda! Keep being proud of who you are and we can only hope that you will grace our television sets with your wit and humor for a very long time to come!
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