Beyonce on gay marriage: Beyonce is well known for her humanitarian side, so it has perhaps come as little surprise when the singer voiced her support for gay marriage, posting a picture on to her Instagram page featuring a page of handwritten variations of the lyrics to her song 'Single Ladies' together with the caption "If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it #wewillunite4marriageequality! B."

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In less than 24 hours the picture had already gathered more than 220,000 likes, with that number fast rising as the minutes go by. She followed up her initial comment by uploading the emblem for the equality movement, accompanied by the caption "it's about time #equality#prop8#marriageislove show your support!!" to further highlight her fondness for the appeal. Her move mirrors the opinion of her other half, rapper Jay Z, who in 2011 compared discrimination against homosexuals with racism against African Americans and other ethnicities in an interview with CNN.

Gay marriage is the hot topic in the states at the moment, with social media sites and blogs run amok with divided opinions on the touchy subject. Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Seth MacFarlane, Ricky Martin and George Takei have all been vocal in their support of the proposed changes to marriage as it enters the Supreme Court. Even President Barack Obama has been vocal in his support of equal marriage rights and in a recent Tweet urged people to 'reach up and close that gap.'