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Katori Hall is an American for Marriage Equality

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Today HRC released a video featuring Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall for our Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.  In the web ad, Hall confidently explains, “over time, equality wins – that’s the beauty of America.”

Hall is a playwright and performer from Memphis, TN, and is perhaps best known in the U.S. for her hit play, “The Mountaintop,” the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night before his assassination.  The play won the Olivier Award for Best New Play while on the West End in London and is currently running on Broadway starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

About 53% of the American public supports marriage for same-sex couples, according to a number of nonpartisan polls, including Gallup, CNN, and Washington Post/ABC News. Support has increased an unprecedented 20 points since 1996, according to the Pew Research Center.

This is the fifth video released by HRC as part of its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, all featuring people of color. Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world, kicked off the series followed by Oscar winner Mo’Nique, civil rights legend Julian Bond, and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo.

To see the videos and learn more about the campaign, visit



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