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November 16, 2011

Category: Allies, Marriage

Acclaimed Broadway Playwright Katori Hall Supports Marriage Equality

“The Mountaintop” Writer Joins HRC Campaign

WASHINGTON – Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall is featured in a new video from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – as part of its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.  In the web ad, Hall confidently explains, “over time, equality wins – that’s the beauty of America.”  The video can be viewed online at http://www.hrc.org/MarriageEquality.

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. 

“Katori Hall has spent much of her career promoting the idea that all people are created equal," said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  “Her support of marriage equality is in line with the majority of Americans who support committed same-sex couples getting married.” 

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 have 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 http://www.hrc.org/MarriageEquality.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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