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DeGeneres to marry De Rossi

May 17, 2008|From the Associated Press

Ellen DeGeneres and longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi are jumping at the chance to get married.

On Friday's broadcast of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which was taped Thursday, DeGeneres announced their engagement, telling the studio audience the news that the California Supreme Court had struck down state laws against same-sex marriage.

"So I would like to say now, for the first time, I am announcing: I am getting married," she said. The studio audience leaped to its feet for a long ovation, and De Rossi ("Ally McBeal," "Nip/Tuck") was sitting in the audience, beaming and clapping.

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