Actor Orson Bean, who supported Proposition 8 and contributed money to the "Yes on 8" campaign, is now starring in a Noel Coward play about a closeted, gay writer.
working in the theater," Bean tells Edge. "For example, everyone knew Lawrence Olivier was a
homosexual -- we didn't care even though it was against the law."
In January, 2009, only two months after Prop. 8 was passed, Bean wrote an op-ed for the Big Hollywood blog. In it, the actor complains about taking heat for supporting the gay marriage ban, then explains how same sex marriage is "not a civil rights issue."
"Seventy percent of African-American voters (all of whom, I'm sure, went
for Obama) cast a ballot in favor of Prop. 8," Bean writes. "They know it's not a civil
rights issue. They believe in family values in that community. They've
seen first hand what the assault on marriage results in. That's what
Prop. 8 is trying to stave off: an attack on the institution of marriage
itself. It's not about rights. Gay people already have all the rights
of marriage; they've fought hard for them and they deserve them. What
they want now is the WORD. And when a word means everything, it means
Bean wraps up the piece by describing the anti-Prop. 8 marches in Los Angeles as a "war on democracy itself."
So, Edge LA, this is the guy who's starring as a closeted, gay writer at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. We thought we'd set the record straight.
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