Comedian Wanda Sykes married her partner in 2008 and has not been shy about standing up for gay rights and gay marriage since. Joining msnbc's Thomas Roberts Thursday, she joked about the fear that seems to fuel anti-gay-marriage rhetoric.
"You don’t have to attend one…or go get one. It’s not going to be mandatory," she said. "If you don’t agree with it, then chances are you don’t know anyone who’s gay or are close to someone who’s gay, so that increases your chances of never being invited to a same-sex wedding. You’re cool. You’re cool."
Sykes, who led the 2009 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, also praised President Obama's support for gay marriage and called for it to be approved on the national level.
"There are some things you cannot allow the states to control," she said. "If we were to allow states to do whatever they want to do, there might still be slavery in Mississippi. You never know. No, it has to come from the federal level. It has to be across the board."
Sykes will host a two-part election series, NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes, beginning September 10 on Logo, which will also address gay marriage.