Lynch "Moved" by Obama's same-sex marriage stance

Actress Jane Lynch in the "CBS This Morning" studio
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(CBS News) Actress Jane Lynch recently weighed in on President Obama's announcement of support for same-sex marriage. She thanked him, via Twitter, for the dignity that the words brought her and her family.

Lynch married clinical psychologist Lara Embry in 2010, and shares in the parenting of Embry's 10-year-old daughter, Haden.

"I don't take the debate about gay rights personally sometimes," Lynch said. "And I took this... I really felt it. It really moved me. It touched me."

Lynch has won a Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and a People's Choice Award. But not everyone thought the "Glee" star had what it takes to be a successful actress. When she was a teenager, she received a rejection letter from Universal Studios that said she needed more professional training.

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"I think that was kind of a snotty letter," she said. "But I took as being, 'It's on Universal letterhead!' I was so thrilled! But it was basically... crushing the dreams of a 14-year-old on the south side of Chicago. But, I of course, did not take heed. It kept me going."

It's one of the stories in her best-selling memoir, "Happy Accidents," now out in paperback.

Lynch said acting was in her blood. She said her father had crazy sayings and would sing all day long.

"I do it now," she said. "I am the walking incarnation of my father. My dad is this Irish-Catholic cut-up. He loved being on stage. He use to do the church shows. He would have been a vaudevillian, if he had been brought up back then."

Lynch's mom tried to more tempered approach to the young actress' dream. She once told her that not everybody is cut out to be an actress.

"I cried from the depth of my soul," Lynch said.

Lynch and her mother laughed about the moment in the years since.

To watch the full interview, click on the video above.