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    Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:40:38

    BOOM for Equality Adds Beth Orton, Cibo Matto to Freedom to Love Now! Concert - It takes place on October 30 at NYC's Beacon Theater

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    BOOM for Equality and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) are pleased to announce the additions of Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and Cibo Matto to the lineup of this year's Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality.

    The event will be held on October 30, 2012 at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The newly announced artists will join previously confirmed performers Rufus Wainwright, The National, Fun., They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivian Bond, and Toshi Reagon for an incredible night of music and activism. Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), who also serves as Music Director and Curator, recruited the talented and diverse cast to unite on this historic evening for a common purpose: to demand equal marriage rights for all Americans. Proceeds from this event will benefit Freedom to Marry – the campaign to win marriage nationwide.

    Freedom to Love Now! is pleased to partner with several amazing organizations in the fight for marriage equality, including Marriage Equality USA. Marriage Equality USA's Executive DirectorBrian Silva explains of their involvement, "Marriage Equality USA has always believed that this fight will be won by all organizations working together to win the freedom to marry. That is why we are so excited to support the Freedom to Love concert series - the proceeds of which will be used to help all of us win this fall in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington."

    The artists performing at Freedom To Love Now! will remind voters of the importance of this upcoming election, while celebrating President Obama's recent bold declaration: "Same-sex couples should be able to get married." This was the first time a sitting president ever uttered such words. The Democratic Party made history again, when it offered its formal support for same-sex marriage rights for the very first time. But the battle has just begun. Recently, North Carolina made same-sex marriage against the law, and New Jersey's governor vetoed a measure that would have made same-sex marriage legal.

    On November 6, constituents from four states – Washington, Minnesota, Maine, and Maryland -- will determine the fate of thousands of same sex couples when they go to the polls. Money raised from this concert will support Freedom to Marry's ongoing grassroots efforts in these swing states, which will not only impact the outcome of the general election, but may benefit countless citizens.

    "The key to winning the freedom to marry is raising our voices, opening hearts, and moving minds," said Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry's founder and president. "Freedom to Marry is happy to be a part of this concert and support such a diverse, talented group of performers who are giving their brilliance and time to this important cause."

    Singer and guitarist John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants agrees. "I can't recall being in better company for a better cause. It is going to be a night to remember." fun.'s Jack Antonoffadds, "The upcoming election will be vital for all of us who believe in ending discrimination. We can't wait to be a part of this amazing event with some of our favorite artists and raise money for an incredible organization that is working hard for a better America."

    October 30 won't be the last time Americans fight for the freedom to love and have it be acknowledged by law. Brice Rosenbloom, Simon Rentner, and Thomas Bartlett, the co-founders of this event, believe this message should reverberate far beyond Beacon Theatre's walls. “We want this show to be a Call to Action, for folks just like us -- musicians, fans, high-school students, any American citizen – to standup for what's right, and throw their own marriage equality event and support our president,” says Simon Rentner. The concert's user-friendly homepage www.freedomtolovenow.com will hopefully achieve just that, serving as a launching pad for anyone around the country to organize their own event. There, people can publicize their event, share the details with others, and be united with other organizers across state borders.

    Anyone planning to attend?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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