‘Wicked for Marriage’ Special Performance Builds Momentum in Washington
October 19, 2012 by HRC staff
This post comes from HRC Editorial & Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:
Last night, over 2,700 supporters of marriage equality packed Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for a special performance of ‘Wicked for Marriage.’ The night’s mission: rally support and build momentum to approve Referendum 74, which would defend marriage equality in Washington.
The benefit was part of Broadway Impact, a grassroots coalition of theater artists and fans who are working for LGBT equal civil rights. Proceeds from the special performance went to Washington United for Marriage, the organization leading the effort to defend marriage equality in the state.
Among those in attendance to support R74 was Gov. Christine Gregoire, who signed the bipartisan marriage law in February. Gov. Gregoire joined several Wicked cast members in a discussion with audience members about marriage equality, and cast members will continue to engage with audiences about R74 at each performance.
“In Wicked, one of the main characters struggles with love, acceptance and public opinion. At Broadway Impact, we believe love helps strengthen all communities, whether it’s in the Land of Oz or Washington State,” said Jenny Kanelos, executive director and co-founder of Broadway Impact. She continued, “Our supporters from Wicked invite Seattle audiences to talk with them about marriage equality after each show, starting tonight.”
HRC applauds Wicked’s cast and crew and Broadway Impact for their dedication to equality. Let’s keep up the momentum in Washington to approve R74! To get involved, please visit WashingtonUnitedforMarriage.org.
HRC is proud to have been a founding member of the campaign to pass marriage equality in Washington State, working side-by-side with state partners. You can sign up here to volunteer with HRC to help mobilize supporters of marriage equality in Washington or donate to HRC’s special fund to direct 100 percent of your contribution to Approve Referendum 74.