Actress Olivia Munn wants President Barack Obama to legalise gay marriage. The 29-year-old says she’s “upset” that same-sex unions are still illegal in the United States.
“It’s ridiculous,” says Munn, “and I’m really upset that Obama, as a black man, and all the things that African-Americans have gone through after being oppressed, has said ‘you’re less than’ and cannot stand up and say marriage is a union between two individuals who love each other.
“I just think everyone should be allowed the same rights – if they want to exercise them, they can and if they don’t, they don’t.”
Gay marriage was made legal in America for the first time in Massachusetts in 2004. It happened in California in 2008, when the State Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, but the controversial Proposition 8 then reversed the situation in November of that year.
Recently, the ban on same-sex marriage in the state was consolidated after too few signatures were gathered to secure a vote on whether to dump the legislation.
Permitted to stay married
The Love Honor Cherish campaign, based in Los Angeles, tried, and failed, to gather 700,000 signatures so that there could be a state-wide vote on whether to repeal Proposition 8. The campaigning group must now wait until 2012 before again being able to put the proposal for repeal to voters.
About 18,000 couples who tied the knot during the brief window when same-sex marriage was allowed were permitted to retain their status.
Since Massachusetts, same-sex marriage has been legalised in New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut and Washington, DC. The Coquille Native American people in Oregon also allow same-sex marriage.
Olivia Munn made her film debut in Big Stan, which had limited release in 2008 and went to DVD in 2009. Her latest appearances have been in Date Night and Iron Man 2 (both 2010).
Munn, who’s also a model, has recently been working on a book, Suck It, Wonderwoman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek.