Kristen Bell Just Proposed To Dax Shepard Post-DOMA Ruling And OMG, My Heart

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard attending the Do Something Awards August 2011This is probably my favorite thing I’ve read on the internet in recent memory, you guys, and that means a lot coming from someone who’s been doing dramatic readings of the Paula Deen deposition at her desk. I love this in a much less trainwreck-y, sad human type of way and in a much more ‘oh my goodness, life is beautiful and I believe in love’ kind of way. In the wake of the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the grounds of its unconstitutionality today, Kristen Bell has just proposed to Dax Shepard, her longtime boyfriend and father of their adorable baby daughter Lincoln.

Honestly, I feel like I’m watching a Purina puppy chow commercial on the day before my ladytimes, that’s how teary and twitterpated I am about this news right now. I was already heart-warmed enough by the fact that there are celebrities out there who were publicly waiting to get married until it was a right that was extended to all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are another notable example, although they became engaged last year after pressure from their kids, which is totally understandable), but this is just a little bit too much for me to handle.

This is the day, you guys! This is the day that it became a reality that I can dance at my best friends’ weddings! I love you, Supreme Court! And you, my wonderful gay boyzies from Portland! And you, Kristen Bell! And you and you and all of you! I am honestly tearing up at my desk, and Kristen is decidedly not helping me maintain my composure. After the decision was made public, Kristen tweeted this morning:

Okay, goodnight. Goodbye. I’m done for the day. My poor fluttery heart can’t take this kind of warming. It’s warmed enough! I love that they waited, I love that Kristen proposed to Dax, I love that she did it publicly on Twitter instead of selling the story to a magazine. I just love all of it. I’m effusive, I know. I’m sorry. I think I gotta wrap up this post so I can go propose to Kristen Bell on Twitter because she just made me the happiest little gal who ever sat in a cubicle writing about celebrities all day.

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    • Jenni

      Now, how do we get an invite to that wedding…

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’ll just tweet at her every day ’til it happens.

      • JLH1986

        For some reason I think she’d be cool with you two attending…

      • Jenni

        Well if you think so, I’ll pack my suitcase now. As well as my fence-climbing equipment and my running-from-security shoes.

      • JLH1986

        I’m game. I mean I’ll tag along and be your lookout! I don’t have fence-climbing equipment so I’ll have to stay back but you know, I can deal.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m putting it on the calendar for ‘whenever’.

    • Callie

      Sorry, but this is so tacky of them. Their marriage has always been legal and abstaining from getting married until everyone could (which by the way, everyone still cannot; DOMA did not legalize marriage throughout the US) didn’t do anything except bring attention to themselves. On top of that they are again trying to make this historic decision about them by proposing as publicly as possible and slapping gays everywhere in the face (again, only a handful of gay people have the rights to get married) by calling their never-illegal marriage a “gay wedding”, which Dax did in his response tweet to Kristen Bell. This isn’t being a good ally, it’s using the gay community and this step forward for equality to generate publicity for themselves and it’s not worthy of praise at all.

      • Ria

        Very true. Florida has a constitutional amendment which still bans gay marriage. Anyway, weren’t Dax and Kristen already engaged?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh man, I totally disagree. I think this is a really pessimistic way to look at it.

      • Callie

        I think using the gay community for publicity, which is absolutely what they are doing, and appropriating the struggles gay people face (by insinuating their self-imposed marriage ban is anything at all like legally being unable to receive marriage benefits, or by calling their wedding a gay one) is incredibly disappointing and crappy of them. How is it not?

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