Broadway Impact at the Supreme Court: Rory O’Malley rallies for marriage equality in D.C.

A Broadway Impact supporter

Gavin Creel

As the United States Supreme Court makes a historic decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, Broadway star Rory O’Malley is rallying with thousands of activists in favor of marriage equality in Washington D.C.

The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 involve the rights given to the LGBT community and the constitutionality of equal marriage.

O’Malley is a founder of  Broadway Impact, an organization targeting the nationwide theatre community in mobilizing to support marriage equality, with Gavin Creel (currently staring in the West End’s production of The Book of Mormon) and Jenny Kanelos.

Broadway Impact has a simple mission: equal rights.

The organization attempts to mobilize and raise awareness for marriage equality through theatre.  Whether it is on Broadway, community or regional theatre or just in a small town, the ultimate goal is complete acceptance within the theatre community and beyond.

Proposition 8 was also turned into a play by the Broadway Impact with the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Dustin Lance Black.

8 the Play is based directly off of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry) transcripts. The play tells the real-life story of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, two California couples who, with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, were chosen to represent the gay community in the case against the California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment which passed in 2008 and states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

8 the Play takes the audience in and out of the courtroom, hearing not only the real life testimonials inside the courtroom with the best evidence, arguments and witnesses from both sides, but also how the case affected these people’s children and plaintiffs. The play concludes with how the public can get involved in the fight for equality.

The play made its premiere in Los Angeles in 2012 with a one-night-only reading presented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Broadway Impact and presenting sponsor Bryan Singer. It was directed by Rob Reiner. The star studded cast featured Golden Globe and Academy Award winner George Clooney (Argo, ER) as David Boies and Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider Man, The West Wing) as Theodore B. Olson.  Rounding out the cast were Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Rory O’Malley, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and George Takei.

8 has also released its rights and has been performed all over the country, including at the University of Michigan which featured two-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) in its pilot reading.

It is all part of Broadway Impact’s mission to spread the message of equality from coast to coast.

This is not the first time that the Broadway community has banded together as a force for change.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is just one of many other charities and philanthropies that Broadway supports and cares for.

No matter the decision of the Supreme Court, marriage equality is a driving issue and one near and dear to the hearts of Broadway and its supporters.

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