Tonight, more than 2,700 supporters of the freedom to marry and musical theater will fill the hall at Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre for “Wicked for Marriage.” The event is a sold-out, one-night benefit show for Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition working to approve Referendum 74 and defend the state’s marriage law. Among those attending the special performance will be Gov. Christine Gregoire, who signed the bipartisan marriage law in February and will share some remarks with the audience.
Tonight also marks the beginning of a volunteer effort led by many members of the Seattle touring “Wicked” company to educate patrons about marriage equality after every performance in Seattle between now and Election Day. The effort is part of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality.
“In Wicked, one of the main characters struggles with love, acceptance and public opinion. At Broadway Impact, we believe love helps strengthen all communities, whether it’s in the Land of Oz or Washington State,” said Jenny Kanelos, executive director and co-founder of Broadway Impact. She continued, “Our supporters from Wicked invite Seattle audiences to talk with them about marriage equality after each show, starting tonight.”
“This will be a special night,” said Lacey All, chair of WUM. “Campaigns seldom get an opportunity to bring together so many friends and supporters for a single evening of inspiration, information and music, all the while supporting the work to approve R74.”
Source: Washington United for Marriage