History was made yesterday when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had denied federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married. Now that marriage is a constitutionally protected right for all couples, gay or straight, we’re bound to see more homosexual married couples in the movies. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at our favorite on-screen same-sex couples that paved the way for the big gay wedding rom-coms that will surely come our way soon.
Clea Duvall and Natasha Lyonne, But I’m a Cheerleader
When naïve cheerleader Megan’s (Lyonne) parents and friends suspect that she’s a lesbian (THE HORROR!!!), they send her to an inpatient conversion-therapy camp to cure her lesbianism (because, of course, you can cure homosexuality). Oddly enough, it’s not until she’s at camp that Megan comes to embrace her sexuality and falls for lesbian queen bee Graham (DuVall).
Macaulay Culkin and Wilmer Valderrama, Party Monster
What are the “rules of fabulousness?” Well, according to James St. James, they are attracting as much attention to oneself as possible (duh). Michael Alig (Culkin) wants to be the most fabulous, which is why he lands superhot superstar DJ Keoki (Valderrama) in his pursuit of becoming the “King of the Club Kids.” Less than fabulous: drug addiction and murder.
Sean Penn and James Franco, Milk
As if gay civil rights champion Harvey Milk (Penn) wasn’t already perfect enough, he had to go and land Scott Smith (Franco) as his beau. Suddenly we understand where all that burning passion came from in his speeches!
Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry
Brandon Teena (Swank) is a female-to-male nonoperative transgendered man who falls for Lana Tisdel (Sevigny) in a stark, Nebraska landscape. While difficult to watch, the love Lana and Brandon have for each other, despite Brandon’s anatomy, is beautiful. Warning: even boys may cry watching this tearjerker.
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nic and Jules (Bening and Moore) are living the lesbian-American dream raising two beautiful kids in California. When their children contact the sperm donor who made their lives possible, Nic and Jules’ relationship is put to the test.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) made being gay cowboys cool in Ang Lee’s tale of “forbidden love” in the great American West. I mean, with a name like “Jack Twist,” I think it’s a requirement to become a gay cowboy. Giddy up!
Jennifer Westfeldt and Heather Juergensen, Kissing Jessica Stein
We’re not condoning the notion that a “lack of good men” leads to lesbianism, but we also don’t hate it. After all, if Jessica (Westfeldt) hasn’t found a gent that’s caught her eye in her 29 years of life, there’s a strong likelihood that she’s not interested in gents at all! Enter Helen Cooper (Juergensen)…
Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black, Wet Hot American Summer
Ben (Cooper) and McKinley (Black) are counselors at the most ridiculous summer camp concocted since Heavy Weights. Their fellow campers and counselors are constantly trying to set them up with hot chicks around camp, but Ben and McKinely are only interested in each other, exemplified by their pre-DOMA downfall wedding in the woods.
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris
A lot of people go gay in prison, but it’s usually not by choice. Steve Jay Russell (Carrey) is a con man sent to prison where he falls in love with fellow inmate Phillip Morris (McGregor). The two escape from prison multiple times to be free together, but always end up back in the clink. Their love, however, remains as strong as the jail bars holding them in.
Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, The Birdcage
Armand Goldman (Williams) and his domestic partner, Albert (Nathan Lane), run a South Beach drag club called the Birdcage where Albert often performs as “Starina.” When their son is set to wed the daughter of ultaconservative U.S. Senator Keeley (Gene Hackman), the two must pretend to be a heterosexual couple and Albert’s drag skills are tested to the extreme.
Did we miss any of your favorite same-sex couples? Let us know in the comment section!