With a touch of her trademark humor, Ellen DeGeneres tackles a very serious topic close to her heart: gay marriage.
In an open letter posted to her website, the talk show host reaches out to members of the Supreme Court, who will soon decide the fate of same-sex couples who wish to wed.
"Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life," she blogs of her longtime partner Portia De Rossi. "And in those 4 years, I don't think we hurt anyone else's marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they're fine."
Ellen, who tied the knot in 2008 during a brief period when gay marriage was legal in California, now urges the powers that be to open their hearts and extend the privilege to every gay couple.
"I hope the Supreme Court will do the right thing, and let everyone enjoy the same rights," Ellen writes. "It's going to help keep families together. It's going to make kids feel better about who they are. And it is time."
In closing the comedian writes, "In the words of Benjamin Franklin, 'We're here, we're queer, get over it.'"
Read Ellen's entire plea to the Supreme Court here.