Voice for Equality: Rob Thomas


Rob Thomas has over 45 million albums as the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty. As a solo artist, he has released two CDs and earned three Grammy Awards. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Starlight Awardm, which recognizes young musicians destined for greatness.

In a May 2009 Huffington Post Article, Thomas wrote:

“I'm writing about basic civil rights. We've been here before, fighting for the rights of African Americans or women to vote, or the rights of Jewish Americans to worship as they see fit. And, just as whites fought for African Americans or Christians for Jewish Americans, straight people must stand up and be a voice for gay people…. A marriage is about life. It's about a commitment.  And this argument is about allowing people to have the right to make that commitment, even if it doesn't make sense to you. Anything else falls under the category of ‘separate but equal’ and we know how that works out.”


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Voice for Equality: Kristin Davis


Actress Kristin Davis is Golden Globe and Emmy nominated, best known for her role as Charlotte York in “Sex & the City.” Davis is also an accomplished film actress, with credits including The Shaggy Dog, Three Days, and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.

On May 17, 2009, Davis publicly acknowledged her support for the freedom to marry while attending marriage equality rally in New York City.

Nominated for Voices for Equality by: Angela

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Voice for Equality: Eric McCormack


Actor Eric McCormack is best known as gay lawyer Will Truman on NBC’s Will & Grace from 1998 to 2006. Educated and trained at Canada’s Ryerson University School of Theatre, McCormack has been appearing in television productions since 1986.

On Saturday, May 30th, 2009, McCormack attended a San Francisco marriage equality rally. He offered the following statement:

“If, say, two old guys living near you want to get married, how does it hurt you? How does it affect your life? The gays aren't going to break marriage. They're gay! They'll probably spruce it up and make it a little nicer.”

Nominated for Voices for Equality by: Gregory Disney-Britton

 

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Voice for Equality: Bette Midler


Singer, actress, and comedienne Bette Midler has won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, and a Tony. Her illustrious career stretches four decades, beginning with a role in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Currently, Midler stars in her own Vegas revue titled “The Showgirl Must Go On.”

During a recent interview with the Associated Press, Midler expressed her full support for the freedom to marry:

“I’m all in favor of gay marriage. I think it’s fabulous.”

 

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Voice for Equality: Allison Janney


Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney is best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing. In May of 2009, she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for the role of Violet Newstead in the musical of the same name. Most recently, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in the musical 9 to 5.

In February 2009, Janney participated in Defying Inequality, a celebrity concert for equal marriage rights for the LGBT community. With this symbolic gesture, Janney publicly affirmed her support of the freedom to marry in the company of activists and allies alike. 


Nominated for Voices for Equality by: Jen Ziegler


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Voice for Equality: Anne Meara


Actress Anne Meara began her career doing summer stock theatre in 1950. She met husband Jerry Stiller at a casting call in 1953, and the two subsequently formed the comedy duo Stiller & Meara. She has appeared in countless movies, including The Out of Towners (1970) and Fame (1980), as well as the television series “Rhoda, “Archie Bunker’s Place,” and “ALF.” Meara and Stiller are parents to comedians Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

In April of 2009, Meara was a featured performer at “Broadway for a New America: Standing Up for Marriage Equality and a Progressive Agenda for Change.” Alongside other top-name performers, political leaders and LGBT activists, Meara’s presence publicly acknowledged her support of the freedom to marry.


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Voice for Equality: Anne Meara

Actress Anne Meara began her career doing summer stock theatre in 1950. She met husband Jerry Stiller at a casting call in 1953, and the two subsequently formed the comedy duo Stiller & Meara. She has appeared in countless movies, including The Out of Towners (1970) and Fame (1980), as well as the television series “Rhoda, “Archie Bunker’s Place,” and “ALF.” Meara and Stiller are parents to comedians Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

In April of 2009, Meara was a featured performer at “Broadway for a New America: Standing Up for Marriage Equality and a Progressive Agenda for Change.” Alongside other top-name performers, political leaders and LGBT activists, Meara’s presence publicly acknowledged her support of the freedom to marry.


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Voice for Equality: Jerry Stiller


Actor Jerry Stiller, best known for playing Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld” and Arthur Spooner on “The King of Queens,” first scored fame in the comedy duo Stiller & Meara. Together, Stiller and future wife Anne Meara appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than thirty times. Stiller and Meara are the parents of comedic actors Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

In April of 2009, Stiller performed at “Broadway for a New America: Standing Up for Marriage Equality and a Progressive Agenda for Change.” In the company of other entertainers, political activists and LGBT leaders, Stiller’s participation publicly demonstrated his support of the freedom to marry.


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Voice for Equality: Stockard Channing


Actress Stockard Channing is best known for her portrayal of First Lady Abbey Bartlet on the NBC television series The West Wing. She starred in both the stage and screen versions of Six Degrees of Separation, and played Betty Rizzo in the film Grease. Channing is a three time Emmy Award-winner and received a 1985 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Actress in many gay-themed productions, such as “The Matthew Shepard Story” and “Queer as Folk,” Channing has been a longtime friend of the LGBT community. Most recently, she participated in “Broadway for a New America: Standing Up for Marriage Equality and a Progressive Agenda for Change” where she publicly proclaimed her support for marriage equality in 2009.


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Voice for Equality: Hugh Jackman


Though Australian-born actor Hugh Jackman is best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, he has held many other leading roles in film, musical theatre, and television. He is a three-time host of the Tony Awards, and hosted the 81st Academy Awards on February 22, 2009.

Jackman is a straight ally who understands why marriage is an important next step for the LGBT community. On May 1, while appearing on Oprah, Jackman voiced his full sport of marriage equality. He said, 

"Why don't we talk about love and how that's the most important thing in marriage? I've been married for 13 years and marriage takes work and that's the important issue.”

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