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How Pedro, 'Ellen,' 'Will & Grace' and other gay TV icons helped pave the way for gay marriage

26 June 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Whether or not you agree with today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage(*), there can be no argument that this was a historic day in America. (*) And as a reminder, this blog is not the place to debate the merits of that ruling. In watching the news coverage of the decision, reading the official Court opinion and the four dissenting ones, it was hard not to think of the not insignificant role TV played in paving the way for this decision. This was a case that wound its way through the courts, just as the wave of state-level cases did over the last few years, and it involved lawyers and activists and politicians and judges. But it also involved changing attitudes across the country about gay people and same-sex relationships, and that's where pop culture in general and TV in particular come into play. TV shows come into our homes (and these days, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Inside Ellen’s Empire: How the Queen of Daytime Is Conquering Hollywood

26 March 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay in 1997, J.C. Penney dropped her faster than its prices during a blowout sale. Along with Chrysler and Wendy’s, the retailer succumbed to pressure from the American Family Association and Christian conservative groups, pulling ad dollars from her sitcom “Ellen.” Fast-forward 18 years, and DeGeneres has not only been hired as J.C. Penney’s spokeswoman (as well as American Express and CoverGirl), she’s managed to dance her way to the top of the TV industry, becoming one of Hollywood’s most powerful and likeable players. “From the outside, it probably appears like a spontaneous burst of. »

- Itay Hod

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