Freedom to Marry Releases Video of Audra McDonald Hailing President Obama’s Support for Marriage

5/14/2012

Four Time Tony Winner Says for Gay Youth, President’s Support “Is Like a Superhero Just Flew into Their Corner” 

Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Communications Associate
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

NEW YORK – Today Freedom to Marry released a video starring four-time Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald, who recently received her 7th Tony Award nomination for her role in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, hailing the President’s announcement of support for the freedom to marry.  McDonald explains the power of the President’s embrace of the freedom to marry, and reflects on last week’s passage of an anti-gay constitutional amendment in North Carolina aimed at banning marriage and any other legal respect for same-sex couples and their families.

“Audra McDonald has been a vocal supporter of gay people’s freedom to marry for years – and who could ask for better vocal support,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry.  “Audra’s poignant words in today’s Freedom to Marry video about President Obama’s embrace of the freedom to marry underscore both his moral leadership and how the way he spoke so personally about his family will touch the hearts of those still wrestling with their own feelings about the freedom to marry and young people looking for support and affirmation.”     

The video is being released on the day that President Obama and Freedom to Marry’s President Evan Wolfson will share the stage at Barnard College, both receiving the school’s highest honor, the prestigious Barnard Medal of Distinction.

The Audra McDonald’s Freedom to Marry video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ExIUJmCCMR4.  For more information on the freedom to marry, visit www.freedomtomarry.org.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.