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Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Bell and More Stars Team Up With Ellen DeGeneres to Thank President Obama for “Acknowledging That Love Is Love”

Obama Ellen NPHWASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama, sings a Christmas song with his daughters Malia (3rd-L) and Sasha (2nd-L), first lady Michelle Obama (L), Actor Neil Patrick Harris (2nd-R), and Rico Rodriguez (R),during the annual lighting of the National Christmas tree on December 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. This year is the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

All the gratitude. As President Barack Obama exited office on Friday, January 20, one of his biggest celebrity supporters, Ellen DeGeneres, released a video montage of Hollywood’s biggest stars thanking the outgoing Commander-in-Chief for acknowledging that love is love.

DeGeneres kicked off the segment by once again acknowledging Obama’s accomplishments during his tenure and how it’s affected the LGBT community. “Yes we could, and yes we did,” the Finding Dory star noted. “President Obama— we are so grateful for the things you’ve done. In the name of equality, kindness and love.”

She then played a video of various celebrities—of all sexual orientation—praising Obama for legalizing same-sex marriage and focusing on acceptance and inclusion during his eight years in office.

“President Obama,” Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons said, as other stars chimed in, one after the next. “You presided over a period of time that turned out to be in many ways one of the most positive periods ever in the lives of gay Americans.”

Actress Evan Rachel Wood, Colton Haynes and Sia also chimed in with their own personal declarations of gratitude.“I really wanted to take a moment to really, really appreciate you,” Haynes shared.

Macklemore added, “For fighting for a world where I can raise my daughter to love whomever she wants to love.”

Gone Girl actor Harris, who married David Burtka in 2014, made his entrance into the video with an adorable video of his family—including the couple’s adorable twins—seated at the dinner table. “And we just wanted to join everybody that’s already spoken to say, ‘Thank you so much to our President Obama… for allowing us the ability to have crazy children.’”

“It’s because of you I was able to marry the love of my life, my husband back home,” Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson said as he picked up the baton. “And this guy right here…” he said as his on-screen spouse Eric Stonestreet hilariously poked his head out from behind.

In the final moments of the clip, DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, added a sweet message. “Because of you, I got to marry the girl of my dreams,” she expressed.

Watch the video above.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.