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Beyonce shows support for gay marriage, reposts equal-sign logo

March 27, 2013|By Nardine Saad

Beyoncé is showing her support for gay marriage.

Queen Bey posted a picture of a handwritten red note Tuesday on Instagram with a variation of her signature "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" lyrics scrawled on it.

"If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it #wewillunite4marriageequality! B" she wrote. The pic was liked by more than 220,000 people in about 24 hours.

Her sentiments echo those of husband Jay-Z, who in May 2011 equated the issue to being racist against African Americans.

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"It's discrimination, plain and simple," he told CNN, adding, "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love... That's their business.”

"it's about time #equality#prop8#marriageislove show your support!!," Beyoncé wrote, reposting a pic of the red and pink equal-sign logo that went viral this week. The logo itself is a variation of the Human Rights Campaign's bright yellow and blue logo. The organization re-purposed its symbol this week with red and pink, the colors of love, according to the Associated Press.

Martha Stewart and George Takei have also reposted the emblem but they aren't the only celebrities who have spoken as the Supreme Court considers two controversial cases involving whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry: Proposition 8, California's 2008 ban on gay marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which since 1996 has defined marriage for federal purposes as a union between a man and a woman. Ben Affleck, Padma Lakshmi, Leonardo DiCaprio, Seth MacFarlane, Ricky Martin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kristen Bell are just a few of the celebrities who have unleashed messages about gay marriage this week.

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"Today, the Supreme Court is hearing 1 of the most important cases in history," Kristen Bell tweeted. "Don't sleep on it. Equality matters." The pregnant "House of Lies" actress said she and fiancé Dax Shepard won't tie the knot until same-sex marriage is legalized on the federal level, Us Weekly reported. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have also made a similar statement, though they might backpedal because their union is becoming more and more important to their children.

Madonna also posted a handwritten note on Instagram, writing, "Marriage equality! Let's start a revolution."

Even President Barack Obama tweeted, urging people to "reach up and close that gap."

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