Long before the issue came before the Supreme Court, playwrights and other theatre artists were testing the waters and advancing the idea that marriage equality for all not only wasn't a bad thing, but was something that deserved to be regarded as a fundamental right.
The concluding paragraph of the June 26 majority opinion agrees: "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. ... [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Click here to read the 103-page complete text of the decision.
And here are just some of Playbill.com's stories on the subject, going back to 2005:
A History of the Fight for Marriage Equality
How Broadway Impact, the organization banding together the theatre community in support of marriage equality, was founded
Pictures of Team Playbill Joining Broadway Impact at the LGBT Pride March
Audra McDonald Visits "The View" to Talk Marriage Equality (Video)
Stories of Pride From the Theatre Community
Tweets From the Theatre Community When Obama Became the First President to Support Marriage Equality
The Challenges and Rewards of Being an "Out" Actor
Same-Sex Parents in the Theatre Community and How "Putting your kids to bed has nothing to do with being gay or straight"
Raise a Pint! Broadway Reacts to Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland
Kristin Chenoweth On Gay Marriage, Staying In Touch With Idina Menzel and the Composer Who Would Write Her Life Story
Watch Kristin Chenoweth Speak Out for Marriage Equality (Video)
Theatre Community Gives New York's Same-Sex Marriage Law a Standing Ovation
Same-Sex Couples Wed on Stage at the St. James Theatre
Polygamy Meets Gay Marriage in Today's Sister Husbands Reading
San Diego Reading of 8 to Feature Richard Dreyfuss, Lance Bass, Bruce Vilanch and More
Gay Marriage and the Theatre: Standing on Ceremony Offers Laughter and Tears
Mothers and Sons Offers First Depiction of Gay Married on Broadway
Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional As Dustin Lance Black's 8 Readies for L.A. Debut
George Clooney Set for Los Angeles Reading of 8
THE SCREENING ROOM: Beth Leavel and Craig Bierko Talk Standing On Ceremony (Video)
THE WEEK AHEAD, Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Playbill Hosts Gay Marriage Special
Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays Will Be Presented Across the Globe to Benefit Marriage Equality
Audra McDonald Will Sing at New York State's First Gay Marriage
Gay Marriage Courtroom Drama with Charles Durning, Justin Deas, to Open April 1
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Gale Harold, Kathy Najimy Among Players in L.A.'s Gay Ceremony Plays Jan. 24
My Big Gay Italian Wedding Joins Forces With Broadway Impact
A Gay Marriage Hits a Crossroads in World Premiere, Two Spoons, April 27 in FL
Lestat's Mellen to Explore Gay Marriage in ring finger
Gay Marriage Featured at Fringe Festival