Ellen Degeneres is devastated with the passing of a ban on same-sex marriage in California, calling the amendment a "giant step" backward for the United States.
Just over 52 per cent of those who voted on Proposition 8 opposed May's (08) Supreme Court ruling, which legalised same-sex unions in the state.
And the openly gay talk show host, who took advantage of the May ruling and married her longtime partner Portia de Rossi in August (08), insists she is "saddened beyond belief" only unions between heterosexual couples will be recognised in California.
In a statement released on Wednesday (05Nov08), the star says she, "like millions of Americans, felt like we had taken a giant step toward equality" by electing African-American candidate Barack Obama as president on Tuesday (04Nov08).
But by passing California's Proposition 8, the star believes citizens "took a giant step away".