They’ve been engaged since the end of 2009, but on Wednesday morning Kristen Bell proposed to Dax Shepard in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8. (Yes, he popped the question the first time.)
"@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove,” she said on Twitter shortly after the decisions came down.
Shepard’s tweeted reply?
“DOMA is dead. Prop 8 is dead. Now let’s bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!”
The two, who welcomed baby daughter Lincoln in March, had famously said they would not marry until their gay and lesbian friends could legally do so. Hence the years-long engagement.
“The reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends,” Bell told the Advocate early last year. “That’s why we’ve been so hesitant. Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.”
It looks like gay marriage in California is good enough for Bell and Shepard, however, because the rite will still be far from available nationwide. Perhaps they’ll get the OK from gay-rights groups anyway, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did last year when they finally got engaged after saying they’d wait till marriage was legal for gay couples as well as straight.
Although same-sex weddings are expected to resume in California as early as next month, the Supreme Court’s actions Wednesday won’t force any change in the states that reject same-sex marriage. After the decisions were released, the group Human Rights Campaign called for marriage equality nationwide in five years. Thirty-one states currently have bans on gay marriage, many written into their constitutions, according to Politics Now.