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Sean Penn blasts anti-gay protesters post-Oscars

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has hit out at anti-gay demonstrators who lined the streets outside the Academy Awards Sunday to protest against same-sex marriage.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2009 05:09 PM IST

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has hit out at anti-gay demonstrators who lined the streets outside the Academy Awards Sunday to protest against same-sex marriage.

The star won the Best Actor Oscar at the ceremony for his portrayal of assassinated gay politician Harvey Milk in biopic Milk.

Backstage at the prize giving, he criticised those who support the banning of gay marriage in California, reports Contactmusic.com.

Asked what he would tell the protesters, he responded: "I'd tell them to turn in their hate card and find their better self."

He added: "It's very sad in a way, because it's a demonstration of such emotional cowardice, to be so afraid of extending the same rights to your fellow man as you would want for yourself."

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