Broadway actors have put on a special show to express their support for same-sex marriage rights in the US, reports

Held at New York’s Gershwin Theatre, the show – Defying Inequality – featured a host of theatre luminaries including Nathan Lane, David Hyde Pierce and Harvey Fierstein.

Other celebrities such as singer Cyndi Lauper, television fashion expert Carson Kressley and Ugly Betty actors Michael Urie and Mark Indelicato also appeared on stage to support the cause.

Marc Shaiman, the co-lyricist of Hairspray, created one of the show’s skits, titled Prop. 8: The Musical. He spoke out on same-sex marriage rights to the audience:

“We’re preaching to the choir here tonight, really, but it feels good. Because sometimes you have to fire up the choir so everyone keeps singing at the top of their lungs,” he said.

“But the real challenge is to change people’s perceptions, change people’s minds and open up their hearts to the fact that God made us just as we are and God doesn’t make mistakes.”

The show reportedly raised $400,000 which will be donated to organisations working towards legalising same-sex marriage.

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