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Gay icon Fran Drescher speaks up for same-sex marriage

PinkNews Staff Writer September 3, 2008

The star of TV comedy The Nanny has said that everyone should have the right to get married, gay or straight.

Fren Drescher was speaking ahead of a fundraising party she is holding tomorrow night for Equality California.

The group is campaigning for the defeat of a state ballot overturning legal gay marriage.

“I don’t know if you realise this, but I’m a gay icon,” she told E! Online.

“But even if I weren’t, I’m a political activist who believes in preserving the American dream which is tolerance of diversity and the separation of church and state…It’s simply un-American not to be tolerant of different lifestyles. If you wanna live in a single-minded, religious-based country you’re in the wrong place.”

Proposition 8 is an initiative measure on the 2008 California General Election ballot in November.

It would amend the state Constitution to “eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry.”

In May the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriages in the state.

The Court voted 4 to 3 to strike the ban on gay marriage in California.

Opponents of gay marriage raised over one million signatures to place the initiative on the November ballot.

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