November 3rd, 2011
03:55 PM ET
As the latest star to hop out of a marriage fast enough to cause whiplash (or at least to make some lose their bets), Kim K. is also now the poster child for gay marriage.
A number of famous names tweeted after Kardashian filed for divorce Monday that the value of marriage is being lessened not by same-sex unions, but by heterosexuals.
George Takei tweeted (and please catch the sarcasm), "Kim Kardashian files for divorce after 72 days. Another example of how same-sex marriage is destroying the sanctity of the very institution." Kathy Griffin followed suit, saying, "Ugh! gay couples like Kim K & Kris H ruining the sanctity of marriage is the problem w the radical homosexual agend- oh wait..."
Perez Hilton chimed in, “I love @KimKardashian, but as a gay man in America who is treated as a second class citizen when it comes to civil marriage, I am offended!...Straight people do a damn well good job themselves of ruining the sanctity of marriage!"
And even "Jersey Shore" star Jenni "JWoww" Farley weighed in: "My best friend joey and his man have been together 6 years and can't get married but... Well u know where I'm going with this..."
Indeed, we do: The same place that Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart went, who wrote on Monday: "The Kardashian-Humphries split makes a mockery...of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Blocking gay men and lesbians who want to join the revered institution of marriage so that the Kardashians of the world can cheapen it further is shortsighted, unjust and wrong."
But, an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times sees things differently.
"This argument doesn't wash and does no good to advance the cause," writer Karin Klein says of using Kardashian as an example of where heterosexuals diminish marital vows. "Opponents will simply say that both quick divorces and same-sex weddings cheapen the institution...The reason to support same-sex marriage isn't about whether such couples will form better households or stay together longer. It's that marriage is a basic civil right."
Meanwhile, the reality TV star herself has pulled out of her scheduled appearances in Australia to come back to L.A. to be with family and friends, E! reports. In an interview with an Australian outlet, her first since the news broke that she was divorcing Kris, Kim again refuted claims that she got married for money.
"I don't think I'm ready to get into the details of [the divorce], I think what upsets me most is that there have been from the start so many rumors of money and dollar signs...and so much of it not being true. But it's kind of what you get from living your life so publicly on a reality show, I get that. But I think that also teaches me that I kind of want to stand back a little bit."
And by the way: She had the massive wedding on TV because of you. "I think when you live your life so publicly on a show, people want it, they want to see it. If I hadn't've filmed my wedding, that would've been upsetting to the viewer that's gone through this life journey with me. That was a tough decision that we decided to film it."
The divorce, she adds, was a "tough decision...but I had to follow my heart."
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