Kristen Bell Put Off Marriage By Lack Of Equality

Kristen Bell and comedian/actor Dax Shepard have been dating for a long time, but have never gone down the aisle and gotten married. The actress often gets asked about it, but has only now decided to divulge the reason why.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Veronica Mars star tells The Advocate, ‘I get a ton of questions about when Dax and I are getting married. I usually blow them off because it’s nobody’s business. To be honest with you – and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place – the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant.’

‘Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.’

Bell isn’t the only Hollywood celeb who has decided not to marry while that right is denied to same sex couples. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also made a pledge not to marry until equality had been achieved (although Brad recently said ‘I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out’), and NCIS’s Pauley Perette and her fiance Thomas Arklie have done the same.

Bell is hopeful though that marriage equality will be achieved, saying ‘In about 10 years, knock on wood, I think we’re going to be embarrassed as a nation about our behavior on this issue. It’s going to be exactly like what happened in 1970, when people were like, ‘Whoa, 1960 sucked. We should’ve let everyone ride the bus.”

Bell has plenty more to say about her gay friends and thoughts of LGBT issues over at The Advocate, so head over there and have a read.

‘I get a ton of questions about when Dax and I are getting married,’ she tells The Advocate. ‘I usually blow them off because it’s nobody’s business. To be honest with you — and this is the first time I’ve ever said this to a journalist, but it feels like the perfect time and place — the reason we’re not rushing to get married is because I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my best friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant.’

‘Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us,’ she added. ‘We’re just standing up for what we believe in. Period.’



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