Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out against the US state of Mississippi’s recently-passed anti-gay law.
The state’s “religious freedom” bill allows anyone to deny LGBTI people marriage, adoption, and foster care services; fire or refuse to employ them; or decline to rent or sell them property; all for religious reasons, Ellen explained.
“Now, I’m not a political person. I’m really not. But this is not politics, this is human rights,” Ellen, who grew up in neighbouring Louisiana, told her audience.
“That is the definition of discrimination. It’s also something the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 5, 2016
Ellen also made reference to another anti-gay bill, in North Carolina, that prohibits local governments from enacting anti-discrimination measures to protect the LGBTI community.
“If you’re in Mississippi or North Carolina or anywhere, and you’re saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don’t lose hope,” she said.
“I was fired for being gay, and I know what it feels like. I lost everything, but look at me now. I could buy that governor’s mansion, flip it and make a $7 million profit.”
Watch Ellen’s speech below: