'It Shoulda Been You' Star Tyne Daly Gives Emotional Curtain Speech After Gay Marriage Ruling

Joan Marcus
Lisa Howard and Tyne Daly in 'It Shoulda Been You'

"Hate is very strong, but love is stronger," she told the audience, connecting the ruling to her own marriage.

Tyne Daly made a moving curtain speech after Friday night’s performance of It Shoulda Been You, celebrating the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

“On the 26th of June, 1966, I got married — that’s 49 years ago — I had black hair then and he had black skin, and our marriage was against the law in the United States of America in 17 states," she told the Broadway audience, nearing tears. "The following year, the Supreme Court, in a case wonderfully called Loving v. Virginia, took down those miscegenation laws."

"They took down a bad law that said that people who love each other can't get married, and I am so proud of my country, and I am so proud of the Supremes — who have made some bad decisions from time to time — but I think today is amazing," she continued, closing with a quote she read in the newspaper earlier that day: " 'Hate is very strong, but love is stronger.' "

In the musical comedy, Daly plays the matriarch of the bride in a day of wedding insanity, and the marriage equality theme is particularly relevant to the surprise twists in its plot. It is directed by David Hyde Pierce, who is married to its book writer and lyricist Brian Hargrove.

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