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Roberts, Gilbert and Murphy talk LGBT Equality!

Roberts, Gilbert and Murphy talk LGBT Equality!

She starred in My Best Friend’s Wedding and has been in Hollywood for more than 20 years so we know she has a lot of gay and lesbian best friends/hairdressers and agents. Our favorite Pretty Woman is currently being very outspoken in regard to same-sex marriage and LGBT rights and we love her for it!

She starred in My Best Friend’s Wedding and has been in Hollywood for more than 20 years so we know she has a lot of gay and lesbian best friends/hairdressers and agents. Our favorite Pretty Woman is currently being very outspoken regarding same-sex marriage and LGBT rights and we love her for it!

In a recent interview with Josh Helmin for Mile High Gay Guy, Roberts was asked about her thoughts on love and gay marriage in the United States and around the world (since the film was actually filmed on location in Italy, India and Indonesia). She responded eloquently with, “Love is the ultimate theme of our lives and to let everybody love in the best way they can, in the most nurturing way, with whoever that person is that they choose who chooses them. I mean, if we could get that down, we could solve a lot of other problems.” Roberts is currently starring in the movie adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s hugely-successful Eat, Pray, Love

 

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Roberts is not the only film member speaking with the press regarding “love, marriage and a baby carriage”. Ryan Murphy directed Eat, Pray, Love and weighed in on his thoughts as well. “I think it will change in our lifetime, you know. I think that it’s a civil rights movement and I think that the more and more people that are sort of out about who they are and are proud of who they are changes things. Somebody said that great quote [about] if you know a gay person then you will sort of lose hopefully some of your prejudice.” He continued, “I did sense when I was in those countries that things were changing. A lot of people came up to me and talked to me about it. I felt that change was in the air and I was excited by that.”

As we previously reported, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is also an advocate for LGBT equality. In fact, her follow-up book to EPL is called Committed and tackles the dialogue accompanying gay marriage, equality, immigration and marriage practices from around the world in general. In a recent Q&A on her website, Gilbert took a stand in favor of gay marriage.

“Marriage is on the decline everywhere, and same-sex couples are the only ones who are really passionate about matrimony anymore. As one commentator described the situation, it's as if the institution of marriage is a crumbing, decaying, old neighborhood where nobody wants to live anymore. But then-in come the gay couples, begging to move into that neighborhood, buy up all that valueless real estate, renovate those old houses, bring creative new shops and galleries to the place and suddenly make it the coolest place to live again. After which, heterosexual couples and families will follow! So the argument becomes this-instead of trying to "save" the institution of marriage by excluding gay couples from matrimony, maybe it's smarter to try to rescue marriage by letting same-sex couples move in and gentrify the place. It's a cute argument, but it has a strong historic resonance-every few generations, marriage opens its doors a little wider and lets in a new population who had previous been excluded, and that breathes new life into the whole institution.”

 

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