Jake Gyllenhaal describes gay marriage ruling as 'beautiful'

Sat. July 25, 2015 11:56 AM by OnTopMag.com

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal says he was moved by the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.

Gyllenhaal, who is currently promoting his latest film Southpaw, played gay opposite Heath Ledger in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.

In an interview with BET, Gyllenhaal was asked whether the "perceived risk" of playing gay had changed in the last 10 years.

"Oh definitely it's changed," he answered. "I think playing a role and living a life are two very different things. I think telling stories, and all different stories, is what makes acting so great. It's why I was really proud of Brokeback Mountain and everything it had to say. And it was an interesting journey to go on to learn about that world."

On the court's ruling, he said that he was inspired to know love won out.

"When I heard about the news I thought, 'Wow, how far we've come in a decade.' And how far we have to go in so many things. But I think hopefully something like that in terms of ...the resistance of society and seeing that it's possible to change was such an amazing thing. I remember thinking, my mom sent me the decision, and how it was written, I thought it was so beautiful. And she said, it's all about love. My brother-in-law said to me a few weeks ago, all we leave behind is the wake of our love, that's all we have. And to know that that wins out sometimes was an inspiration to me," Gyllenhaal said.

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