Voice for Equality: Lewis Black

Lewis Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor. He is known for his comedy style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted Comedy Central's "The Root of All Evil" and makes regular appearances on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart delivering his 'Back in Black' commentary segment.

Black has expressed his support of the freedom to marry in many a stand-up performance. While performing in Santa Rosa, CA, in 2004, Black ridiculed efforts to amend the U.S. constitution to ban marriage equality.

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Celebrities Champion State’s Marriage Equality Bill

New York Times
May 29, 2009

Celebrities such as Maya Angelou, Cynthia Nixon and Paul Tagliabue are lobbying some N.Y. state senators to vote in favor of marriage equality bill which already passed the state Assembly. Only one month remains for the senate to take action before the end of the legislative session. (Link)

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Saying ‘I Do’ to Marriage Equality?

Good Morning America
May 26, 2009


Good Morning America discusses marriage equality with people from both sides of the debate on Prop. 8 decision day. Evan Wolfson: "The idea of the freedom to marry is something new to most people. It's something people are just beginning to think through." [Link]

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The Rachel Maddow Show Sen. Boxer on Prop. 8

MSNBC
May 27, 2009


Calif. Sen. Barbara Boxer expresses disappointment over the Calif. Supreme Court's decision to uphold Prop. 8 and talks about how she hopes in the future people will come together to support marriage equality. [Link]

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Rachel Maddow Show We Are Gathered Here Today

MSNBC
May 27, 2009

Rachel Maddow reports on nationwide protests occurring after the Calif. Supreme Court's ruling on Prop. 8, and notes that the marriage equality movement seems to be gathering even more momentum in the wake of this setback. [Link]

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Levi’s Adopts a Tie-In With a Symbol of the Freedom to Marry

New York Times
May 26, 2009
Levi’s is getting in the spirit of the season by dressing its storefront mannequins in white. In Levi’s-owned stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, that means more than just marking the passing of Memorial Day, the traditional date to begin wearing white: in 20 stores, the mannequins’ white Levi’s jeans and shirts are adorned with White Knots, a symbol of solidarity with the marriage equality movement. [link]

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The Way We Live Now:  Queer Developments

New York Times
May 21, 2009
When historians look back on the culture clashes of the 1990s, perhaps the closest thing they will find to a political trendsetter is an oddball like Jesse Ventura, who supported the freedom to marry then and embodied the enlightened libertarianism that would ultimately enable many Americans to accept a once unthinkable idea. History will record that neither then nor later was there a national party he could call his own. [link]

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Marie Osmond: So what if my daughter is gay?

Kansas City Star
May 21, 2009

Singer Marie Osmond, who is a Mormon, acknowledged that one of her daughters is a lesbian and vocally affirmed her support on Entertainment Tonight. [Link]

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Oprah talks marriage equality

The Oprah Winfrey Show
May 2, 2009


Oprah Winfrey and panel, including actor Hugh Jackman, Oprah's openly gay decorator-in-chief Nate Barkus, and a lesbian couple who were married in Iowa, supportively discuss marriage equality. [Link]

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Stage, Screen Stars Come Out to Support Equal Rights to Marriage

The Alternative Press
April 20, 2009

On Monday, April 13, the stars gathered at the Peter Norton Symphony Space on the Upper West Side in New York City for "Broadway for a New America: Standing Up for Marriage Equality and a Progressive Agenda for Change." While the music was themed around love and marriage – for everybody – participants, who are arguably among the most talented people on the planet, made their point with touch-notch music and drama. (Link)

Here's a video from the event of Phyllis Newman reading "Loving for All," Mildred Loving's letter in support of the freedom to marry, at Broadway for a New America:

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