Front Row Seat to History

This week I had the privilege of being at the Supreme Court for the oral arguments to overturn Prop 8 and DOMA. We arrived on the steps of the court around 8am Tuesday morning and listened to speeches from passionate supporters of equality including Rev. Eugene Robinson and Raven's linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. It was without a doubt one of the most inspiring and historic experiences of my life.  On the second day, we waited in the rotation line and got into the actual courtroom to see the nine justices grilling the lawyers on both sides. For a political junkie like myself, it was a dream come true.  If you haven't been to DC and witnessed oral arguments in the Supreme Court, I suggest you make a trip.  While you may not understand every word they say, (I have to admit I only knew what they were talking about 50% of the time!) it gave me a real understanding of the power of the court.  

Another powerful moment, in an entirely different way, was seeing the opposition march to the Supreme Court where we were rallying.  They carried signs saying "1 man 1 woman" and ranged from amped up folks speaking in tongues to young girls looking like they didn't know why they were there.  I found myself staring at them transfixed.  It is so rare to find yourself in the presence of those who are actively trying to make sure you can't get married.  It was breathtaking in the worst way. I imagine its how one would feel if at their wedding when the officiant said, "Speak now or forever hold your peace" a parade of folks showed up with signs and chanted how you don't deserve happiness. It would be like a punch to the gut! Multiple punches. However the equality side was classy and let them scream and shout… then go home. We outnumbered them by far and they didn’t even show up on the second day.  In hindsight, their parade was more of a funeral procession then a march. I hope they find something better to put their energy into because theirs is now a lost cause. Equality won.

Spending two days on the steps of the Supreme Court was also a real full circle moment for Broadway Impact.  For the past three years we have worked with the American Foundation for Equal Rights to bring the story of the Prop 8 trial to theaters all across America and even the world.  As of today nearly 400 productions have been done in all 50 states and 7 countries.  Together we have brought the constitutional case for equality to places that have never heard it. Watching the plaintiffs and legal team emerge from the court was truly beautiful.  So much time and effort has been put into making that moment possible and I feel so privileged to have been given a front row seat to AFER’s groundbreaking case.

Here is a wonderfully made video by Matt Baume of AFER that shows the highlights of the two days. 

Is it June yet?!!!?!?!?