Reality star Kim Kardashian is being urged to back gay marriage after filing for divorce.
The 31-year-old Kardashian, star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, on Monday filed for divorce from her husband of 72 days, NBA star Kris Humphries, 26. The pair married after dating for about 9 months. Their lavish (read $10 million) August wedding became endless fodder for tabloids and was documented in a two-part television special watched by more than 4 million viewers titled Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event.
Kim and her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, have previously endorsed marriage equality and have posed for the NOH8 Campaign, which raises awareness and funds for gay rights causes, including ending Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.
However, Kim Kardashian's short-lived nuptials have sparked outrage among gay couples who are denied the right to marry.
In an open letter to Kardashian, lesbian couple Jill Sloane Goldstein and Nikki Weiss-Goldstein (The Real L Word) urged her to consider those couples banned from the institution.
“Kim, we have no doubt that a woman as smart, savvy and beautiful as you will find love and marriage again. But for the respect of the millions of people who hear about it at every turn (many of whom you rely on to build your brand) please do take into consideration the uphill battle that so many of us have to fight for marriage equality. Perhaps you can demonstrate a bit more respect for the unions next time around, instead of using it as a business gain,” the women wrote.
“Why not take a portion of the millions of dollars you earned on your wedding and donate it to the Human Rights Campaign to help fight for marriage equality? It would speak very loudly.”