Portia de Rossi has spoken of her sadness at the passing of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actress, who married chat show host Ellen DeGeneres last August, admitted to crying when the initiative was passed in November.

She said: “I cried. I just remember being so excited when Obama was elected, it was just such an amazing moment . . . I just remember going to bed thinking, ‘Prop. 8? . . .And I woke up in the morning to the news that it passed. And I was shocked and I was deeply saddened.”

When asked about the possibility the legality of her marriage could be affected, she said: “It [the marriage] still stands. Maybe it could be, it could be overturned.”

“I don’t know. I just really think that when people really understand that this is a human rights issue and that there are a percentage of people living in this country that don’t have the same rights as everybody else, I think that people will be compelled to make sure that they live in a country where every single citizen has the same rights.”

The Ally MacBeal star added: “People magazine put us on the cover when we got married. And that felt like something big happened. That felt really good to me, that they could show two very happy gay people . . . I feel like we kind of get all the same stuff that any heterosexual couple would get in the public eye. And that is great, that is wonderful.”