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    Updated August 21, 2009

AEA Supports Marriage Equality

Richard Ostlund at Equality California Lobby Day on steps of California State Capital in Sacramento

National Equality March
Over 200,000 people converged on Washington, DC on October 11, 2009 for a National Equality March. Organized by Equality Across America, the demonstrators came together to demand equal rights and protections under the law across all 50 states for the LGBT community.
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The National Council of Actors' Equity Association, meeting on May 19, 2009, unanimously adopted two resolutions supporting Marriage Equality for All Americans. AEA has a long history of commitment to human rights for all people. In this tradition, Equity reaffirms its support for equal rights for LGBT Americans; calls for the repeal of CA Proposition 8 as upheld by the Supreme Court of California; and declares its support for Marriage Equality legislation currently under discussion in New York and New Hampshire. Further, Actors' Equity supports legislation nationwide that guarantees equal rights including Marriage Equality for all people.

Equity Members and Staff attended the mobilization rally held by The Public Theater, the cast of HAIR, Broadway Impact and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) for New York’s theater community to make them aware of October’s National Equality March. The rally was held at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater on Friday, August 28 from 2:30-3:30 PM and was open to the public.

The producers of the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR previously announced that, in an unprecedented move, they are canceling the show’s Sunday, October 11th performance so that the entire cast can join the National Equality March in Washington, D.C.

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