From the April 6 edition of NBC's The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
ELLEN DEGENERES (HOST): So if you don't know, the governor of the state signed a religious freedom bill which might sound good, because it has the word freedom is in it, but here's what it means. Under the law, if you say for religious reasons, you can deny gay people marriage, adoption, and foster care services; fire or refuse to employ them and decline to rent or sell them property. Now I'm not a political person, I'm really not, but this is not politics, this is human rights. And I mean, and when I see something wrong, I have to talk about it.
So this issue is very personal for me, obviously. I'm disappointed for several reasons. First of all, Mississippi is the only state I know how to spell. Second of all, that is the definition of discrimination. It is also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone. Everyone.
So if you're in Mississippi, or North Carolina or anywhere, and you're saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don't lose hope. I was fired for being gay, and I know what it feels like, I lost everything. But look at me now.
There's already so much inequality in the world, women's rights, gender pay gap, racism. I think we need to remember we're more similar than we are different. And we all want the same things, love, acceptance, kindness.
So I advocate for less hate and more love, less tearing apart and more coming together.