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8. Sean Penn Defended Gay Rights
In his Best Actor acceptance speech for Milk, Sean Penn took the time to defend gay marriage, even as protestors outside the 2009 Academy Awards waved placards stating that the late Heath Ledger would burn in hell (after his role in Brokeback Mountain).

In response to those deplorable protestors, Penn stated, "For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue that way of support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone."