Despite North Carolina's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, the issue's supporters had reason for celebration Wednesday (May 9): President Barack Obama has officially backed gay marriage.
The news became a trending topic on Twitter almost instantly, with the social-networking site's millions of users — including celebrities — issuing countless tweets of thanks to the president.
"Bravo, Mr. President, and thank you," Neil Patrick Harris
"Open our hearts & minds! Proud of Obama for speaking up," wrote "Glee" actress Dianna Agron, with co-star Chris Colfer tacking his happy thoughts onto those of Ellen DeGeneres: "I second! RT @TheEllenShow: Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed."
"Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" star Simon Pegg summed things up succinctly with initials and an emoticon: "GO BO!!! :)"
If there were awards handed out for the most LOL-inducing celeb tweet, that would go to "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who had a message for the first lady and his partner: "With @MichelleObama & @JustinMikita permission I would like to marry @BarackObama right now!"
Even more excited was Kim Kardashian, who had way more than 140 characters to express on the subject, so she took to her website. "This is such a huge step forward in our country's fight for civil rights and I hope that today this will give hope to so many young people across the country," she wrote. "We've never had a president so supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and today I am proud to be an American!! I'm so happy that our country is making history and moving forward. No more living in the past!"