Portia de Rossi to Take Ellen DeGeneres Last Name

Now that Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres are legally wed once again thanks to a historic ruling overturning California’s Prop 8 ban on gay marriage, Portia de Rossi has filed to legally change her name to Portia DeGeneres.

Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi (Photo: Pulicciano - Wikimedia Commons)

The Arrested Development star filed Friday to legally change her name to honor her marriage to the TV talk show host and former American Idol judge. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi married in 2008 during the brief time same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

Now that California’s Prop 8 ban on gay marriage has been overturned in a history (and incredibly eloquent) decision, de Rossi and DeGeneres are now legal again. The name change will go up for a Sept. 23 hearing but it’s unlikely there will be any trouble with the court granting the request. The couple’s wedding anniversary is next week – what a nice present for Ellen!

Portia de Rossi, interestingly enough, is an entirely made up name anyway. The Australian-born star actually came into the world under the moniker Amanda Lee Rogers. She picked out Portia de Rossi for her stage name when she started modeling and had it legally changed at age 15.

We are pleased to see at least one celebrity lesbian couple that seems to be going strong. After watching Rosie O’Donnell and Kelli Carpenter break up and Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels implode, it’s nice to see one lady couple that appears to be keeping it together somehow!

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