BY John Jameson
October 09 2009 5:40 PM ET
The Screen Actors Guild has officially endorsed the National Equality March taking place Sunday, October 11, in Washington, D.C. SAG announced in a press release that members of the guild, SAG's National LGBT Actors Committee, and SAG staff will join with grassroots activists from across the country in the nation's capital to demonstrate support for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Uniting American Families Act as well as repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
"Screen Actors Guild has been a leader in advocating for equality for all of our members," said SAG deputy national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, who will be attending the march. "With members of both the guild and our staff supporting the march on Washington, SAG reaffirms its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion for all. We also redouble our efforts to achieve equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members."
SAG members who have individually endorsed the march include Annette Bening, Neve Campbell, Gavin Creel, Wilson Cruz, Alan Cumming, Dana Delany, Joely Fisher, James Franco, Mariska Hargitay, Helen Hunt, Chad Lowe, Camryn Manheim, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellen, Julianne Moore, Kathy Najimy, Peter Paige, David Hyde Pierce, Anthony Rapp, Meg Ryan, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Tilly, and Marisa Tomei.
"This kind of support by both gay people and our straight allies shows the broad-based support that exists for full equality in this country," said Jason Stuart, chairman of SAG's National LGBT Actors Committee. "In the 21st century, it is simply outrageous not to have full equality under the law, and we have a moral obligation to change that."
SAG members, staff, and allies will congregate from 11 a.m. to noon at the statue of David G. Farragut, in the center of Farragut Square Park, before proceeding to the march route.