Prop 8 Ruling Celebrated By Ellen DeGeneres, Paris Hilton, More

Ricky Martin, Kim Kardashian and other celebs hit Twitter after California's gay-marriage ban is overturned.

Celebrity tweeters were especially vocal on Wednesday (August 4) after U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker struck down Proposition 8, California's controversial same-sex marriage ban, ruling it unconstitutional.

Prop 8 was a ballot measure that passed in California during the '08 election and was met with a shockwave of surprise and anger from within Hollywood and the country at large.

The overwhelmingly positive reactions to Wednesday's news helped put all that negativity in the past and added up to one giant virtual warm fuzzy.

Ellen DeGeneres wrote, simply: "Equality won!" She later added a link to her personal website, where she deemed the ruling "a huge step forward."

DeGeneres' wife, Portia De Rossi, followed with her own happy words: "I am ecstatic that Proposition 8 has been overturned in the state of California," the actress said. "This is an incredibly exciting and historical day and a big step towards equal rights for all."

Paris Hilton chimed in happily: "What a huge historical day for equal rights in this country! They finally overturned Prop 8! There shouldn't be a law on true love. :)"

Other elated celeb reactions included one from "Glee" actress Kristin Chenoweth: "Prop 8 overturned in California! Praise God!"

Ricky Martin expressed his thoughts with exuberant all caps: "YEAHHHHH!!!!! #PROP8UNCONSTITUTIONAL MOVING FORWARD!!!!!!!!"

Shanna Moakler added: "Tonight we celebrate! EQUALITY and LOVE for all! This is so much bigger then marriage, it's about wisdom, compassion and knowing we CAN be heard, action DOES make a difference."

Kim Kardashian weighed in as well: "Prop 8 was struck down! This news is amazing!!!! It's about time! Congrats to everyone!"

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