“And that, Marjorie — just so you will know, and your children will someday know — is the night the lights went out in Georgia!”

Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker in “Designing Women”; the scene was so beloved by gay fans that it played regularly at Hoedowns, the gay Atlanta country bar. Carter, age 70, died April 10.

Outspoken: Dixie Carter, Erica Jong on Oprah, Colin Farrell

“That’s hard for me, because I’m very old fashioned, very old-timey. So that idea is hard for me. On the other hand, maybe the most loving marriage that I’ve ever seen is a gay marriage.”

Dixie Carter when asked in 1998 if she supports gay marriage (Metro Weekly, Sept. 3, 1998)

“I would not be surprised if Oprah is gay. If she is, she is. It certainly fits.”

— Author Erica Jong, a friend of talk show maven Oprah Winfrey, as quoted in Kitty Kelley’s new book, “Oprah: A Biography.” (USA Today, April 11)

“People are often afraid of difference. They feel that anything that causes fear, should be turned away from. My brother represented fear for so many people, but caused joy in my life.”

— Actor Colin Farrell on his love for his gay brother, Eamon, who suffered intense bullying while growing up in Ireland. (The Sun, April 12)