A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday granted Hollywood actress Portia de Rossi the right to change her name to DeGeneres, after her spouse, Ellen DeGeneres.

Her new full name is now Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

According to ABC, the new Mrs. DeGeneres commented: "I am thrilled to legally adopt my wife’s name. I will continue to use Portia de Rossi for professional purposes.”

The couple started dating in 2004 and wed in 2008 during a period when same-sex marriages were legal in California.

Regarding this happy name change, DeGeneres said on Twitter, "the court granted Portia’s name change. She’s now officially Portia Winfrey."

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