Broadway Community Responds to Supreme Court Rulings on Proposition 8 and DOMA
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Denis O'Hare, Audra McDonald, Gavin Creel, and many more react with joy at Supreme Court rulings affirming gay marriage.
Today was the official end of session for the U.S. Supreme Court and, like a good Broadway show, the Supremes went out with a bang. In a 5-4 ruling on the case United States v. Windsor, the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that limited the federal government to only recognizing marriages between one man and one woman, regardless of state law.
The justices punted on Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that examined California's Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that halted same-sex marriages in that state. In another 5-4 decision, the court found that the "traditional marriage" activists who argued for the proposition in court did not have standing to defend the law after the state refused its right to appeal an earlier circuit court ruling striking it down. That means that the court defers to the earlier decision and gay marriages can resume in California.
The Broadway community is overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage, with many artists actively involved in the fight for marriage equality: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Comedy of Errors) founded the Tie the Knot Foundation with his partner Justin Mikita to support LGBT rights organizations while Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Gavin Creel (Hair) founded Broadway Impact to fight for marriage equality.
Leading members of the Broadway community took to Twitter to rejoice in this morning's news:
Remember the old days when #DOMA was around and gay people couldn't get married in California? Crazy right!?— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
Ding Dong Prop 8 is DEAD!— Justin Vivian Bond (@mxjustinVbond) June 26, 2013
So my former Army Special Forces dad went down to the steps of the Supreme Court today with this! Way to make... //t.co/kDvFlNOp1q— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) June 26, 2013
My coffee tastes extra good with all these AMAZING headlines sweetening it!— Caissie Levy (@CaissieLevy) June 26, 2013
Out, damned DOMA! Out, I say!— #MacbethBroadway (@MacbethBroadway) June 26, 2013
Any straight person complaining about the Supreme Court striking down DOMA should be forced to hire a heterosexual wedding planner.— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) June 26, 2013
SCOTUS what you owed us. Thanks. Love wins today.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 26, 2013
Goodbye, DOMA! What a great day for America - and a great day for the commuity! Bravo, #scotus— Telly Leung (@tellyleung) June 26, 2013
crying. thankful. hopeful. GOODBYE DOMA!— Max von Essen (@MaxizPad) June 26, 2013
DING DONG THE DOMA'S DEAD— Ryan Scott Oliver (@ryanscottoliver) June 26, 2013
DOMA IS GONE!!!!!!!!! Hurray!!!!!!!!!— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) June 26, 2013
Proud to be an American!— Nikki M James (@nikkimjames) June 26, 2013
History made.— Michael Urie (@michaelurie) June 26, 2013
Today marks a watershed moment in history and a tremendous victory for the principle of equality. The 5-4 decision... //t.co/Hlxeof1qGZ— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 26, 2013
Happy second wedding day, y'all.— kristofferdiaz (@kristofferdiaz) June 26, 2013
Seeing all the posts of my friends and loved ones and the joy they are feeling makes me overjoyed. Proud ally. #str8againstH8— Steve Kazee (@SteveKazee) June 26, 2013
Unbelievable--DOMA found unconstitutional! 5-4.— Denis O'Hare (@denisohare) June 26, 2013
Prop 8. No standing. Per Roberts. 5-4.— Broadway Impact (@BroadwayImpact) June 26, 2013
I like today. I like today a LOT! LOVE IS LOVE! NOH8!— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 26, 2013
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY.— Wesley Taylor (@WesTayTay) June 26, 2013
this is a great day in the kingdom! Hey everybody we do onstage proposals at @CinderellaBway ! Just sayin'!— Ann Harada (@annharada) June 26, 2013
Equality reigns in the land 2day! My heart is full of joy 4 my LGBT brothers & sisters Deepest gratitude 2 all who made this day possible!— JudithLight (@JudithLight) June 26, 2013
And finally, Gavin Creel says it all: