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Gay-marriage rulings: Six stars who fought for same-sex marriage rights

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In the wake of the Supreme Court's decisions that help clear a path for gay marriage in this country, film and television stars are celebrating the landmark moment.

Many of these celebrities have actively supported same-sex marriage for years, helping to raise money and awareness for the cause as they promote their Hollywood work. Here are six who have had a role in the fight -- and their reactions Wednesday morning.

Kristen Bell

Bell and her fiance Dax Shepard, both advocates for marriage equality, formally announced their engagement Wednesday morning after the SCOTUS decision.

Bell proposed to her husband over Twitter: ".@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove,” she wrote to her fiance Dax Shepard.

His reply, also via Twitter, "DOMA is dead. Prop 8 is dead. Now let's bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!"

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Both strong advocates for marriage equality, the couple made many public statements saying they would not marry until same-sex couples had the right to do the same. Pitt also donated $100,000 last fall to Human Rights Campaign's National Marriage Fund to help garner support at the polls in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington for marriage equality. Neither Pitt  nor Jolie had released a statement at the time this story was published.

Neil Patrick Harris

Harris, who is openly gay, supported marriage equality and tweeted soon after the Supreme Court released its decision.

"And Prop 8 was dismissed?!? Huzzah! Christmas comes six months early this year! (Less one day…)," Harris said.

Lady Gaga

The pop star has stood with her little monsters both gay and straight, donating a percentage of her concert proceeds to LBGT advocacy groups.

Gaga was quick to tweet after the decision Wednesday morning.

"We stand tall today.#DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority. pic.twitter.com/teni7GREDY," she said.

Ellen Degeneres

The television hostess and openly lesbian star has advocated for marriage equality for years. She tweeted Wednesday morning, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

Her tweet followed her retweet of President Barack Obama's message who in the message heard around the Internet said, "Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove."

[For the record, 12:45 p.m. June 26: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that the Defense of Marriage (DOMA) was deemed unconstitutional. Although the Supreme Court struck down a key part of DOMA, the decision left in place another provision in the law that says no state is required to recognize gay marriages performed in any other state; that provision was not under challenge.]  

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