Celebrities Tweet Congratulations to Anderson Cooper

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In a thoughtful, well-reasoned statement, Anderson Cooper came out as a proud gay man today, saying:

"Recently I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid.

"This is distressing because it is simply not true."

Anderson Cooper Photograph

In response to the (not surprising) reveal, many celebrities have taken to Twitter and sent the CNN anchor their best wishes. A sampling is below:

Neil Patrick Harris: “Good for you, @AndersonCooper. You’re awesome.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: “One of the reasons I look up to my friend @andersoncooper is his amazing eloquence. Very proud of him!”

Ellen DeGeneres: “I’m proud of you, @AndersonCooper.”

LeAnn Rimes: “Rock on @AndersonCooper for being a brave, classy man. Much respect!”

Kelly Ripa: “So proud of you @andersoncooper . Always have been, always will be.”

Sara Bareilles: “I applaud @andersoncooper for being authentic and honest with the public. It helps others feel brave too.”

Joan Rivers: “Thrilled @AndersonCooper came out! So, THAT’S why he never wanted to date me! I would’ve loved having Gloria Vanderbilt as my mother-in-law.”

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Jess and Cupcake,
By your logic, both of your parents are sinners too since brother and sister should not procreate.

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I totally agree with you @Jess

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Whatever you say, living a gay life is sinful. I have been praying that he will come to know the truth and the truth will set him free. I don't hate him or any gays I just don't want someone as nice as he is to lead a sinful life and we all know where he is going to if he does not change. I am going to get a lot do criticism for this bit someone gotta stand up and say it as it is..God never intended marriage between same sex, look at what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. Please people God don't hate anyone but He has set the rules and it will never change...God has good reason for everything that he does.

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Im glad that you decided to take that step forward but somethings dont need to be verbalized to be noticed. I already knew you were gay, love is love, a rose in the midst of sunflowers will still stand out as a rose, even without a name tag. but glad you decided to embrace it publicly.