“Fun Home,” “Kinky Boots,” Broadway Shows, Celebrate Marriage Equality Decision On Stage

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On Friday night, some of Broadway’s brightest stars stepped out of character to praise the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.

Tyne Daly, currently starring in the marriage-minded musical It Shoulda Been You—as a mother-in-law, no less—recounted her experience of marrying an African-American, actor Georg Stanford Brown, in the 1960s.

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“On the 26th of June in 1966, I got married,” she recalled. “That’s 49 years ago. I had black hair, and he had black skin. Our marriage was against the law.”

The Tony winner continued: “The following year, the Supreme Court, in a case wonderfully called Loving v. Virginia, took down those miscegenation laws. Today they took down [another] bad law that said that people who love each other can’t get married. And I am so proud of my country, and I am so proud of the Supremes, who have made some bad decisions from time to time.”

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Tony winner Billy Porter also took a moment after Kinky Boots’ final numbertalking with the audience about what it was like to grow up black and gay in inner-city Pittsburgh.

“When I was a child, I was told by my parents that I could be anything that I wanted to be,” he said. “However, there was an unspoken glass ceiling: ’You can be anything you want to be, except the president of the United States.’ I’ve lived to see that glass ceiling broken.”

“As a black gay kid growing up in the ghettoes of Pittsburgh,” he continued, “the other glass ceiling was that my love didn’t matter, and that we would never be able to get married,” noted Porter, who choked up before quoting a lyric from Kinky Boots, “And we stand before you today with the knowledge that you can change the world when you change your mind.”

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Finally, this year’s Tony-winning best musical, Fun Home, celebrated the SCOTUS decision with a rainbow flag. Lead actress Beth Malone wrapped it around herself and ran around the small, in-the-round stage before speaking the simple truth:

“What an amazing time to be an American,” she said. “We owe this night to the people who came before us!” Amen!

Check out the three moving curtain calls below.

h/t Instinct