Newly engaged Ben Platt and Noah Galvin react to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that favors a Colorado web designer refusing to create a wedding website for LGBTQ couples because she is against same-sex marriage.
“I think it’s a distraction from things that are really important, like the melting of the planet,” Platt told me Friday morning during an interview for an upcoming episode of the “Just for Variety” podcast. “I also think it’s people losing influence, it’s like the last fiery rage, ‘That’s not how it should be!’ before they are gone forever.
“It’s my only hope. That’s the only way to stay optimistic about it because otherwise it just goes completely back in time and hurts people for no reason,” he continued. “He feels so backward, so straight back.”
At this year’s Tony Awards on June 11, Platt and Galvin were snapped by red carpet photographers as they raised their hands to show off their engagement rings. They were also seen on the telecast cheering on Platt’s “Parade” director Michael Arden, who won the Tony for directing a musical. After Arden recalled being bullied with the “F-word,” he proudly boasted onstage, “Now I’m a fag with a Tony!”
“I was so excited to finally be able to go [to the Tonys] with Noah,” Platt said. “I remember watching the Tonys grow up and seeing so many little Easter eggs and gay couple and gay couple moments and being like, ‘Oh my God! I am like this. It’s like me,” and the excitement of that and seeing them all dressed up together and giving each other a little kiss when they were called up for their nomination. I so wanted to be that with Noah for young gay people.
Galvin cited the young cast of the couple’s upcoming Searchlight Pictures comedy, “Theatre Camp,” as reason to believe the SCOTUS ruling will eventually be overturned and remembered as a dark moment in court history. He recalled his co-star, Luke Islam, 16, attending the film’s premiere at Sundance in full make-up and wearing the “most fabulous outfit”, including eight-inch platform boots. “I was so impressed,” Galvin said. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt the confidence in myself to show myself as authentically as Luke did in our premiere. It just filled me with joy and made me so, so proud of Luke and also from this next generation of kids who just don’t give a damn – and that’s amazing.
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