Stephen Fry to narrate same-sex wedding

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Stephen Fry, the narrative king of the Harry Potter book series, will now take on another significant role: he is set to narrate the UK’s first musical gay wedding.

“Our Gay Wedding: The Musical” is a 60-minute TV broadcast intended to celebrate marriage equality. It will be broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 on Saturday, March 29, the day England and Wales will hold their first legal same-sex wedding ceremonies.

On top of Fry’s impeccable British charm providing introductions and commentary throughout the hour-long broadcast, the wedding will also feature music and lyrics from grooms West End star Nathan Taylor and composer Benjamin Till—who have, in fact, composed their wedding vows as a song.

The Q1 quizmaster and renowned British actor, who is openly gay himself, has long been a supporter and activist for LGBT rights.

In an Out4Marraige video, Fry said, “At least 270 species of animal have been noted exhibiting homosexual behaviour but only one species of animal ever, so far as we know, has exhibited homophobic behaviour—and that’s the human being.”

In an open letter to David Cameron following the introduction of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, Fry wrote: “An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential… Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like.”

He added, “At all costs, Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world. He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it.”

Channel 4 is also renowned for being one of the most vocal television stations speaking out against homophobia and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

John Hay, commissioning editor for arts at Channel 4, said, “We are proud to be marking a huge milestone for gay rights—a cause that has long been close to Channel 4’s heart.”

Stephen Fry is known for many roles over the years including his recurring roles in “Blackadder,” “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” and his documentary “Stephen Fry in America.” He also played Oscar Wilde in the film “Wilde” in 1997, which followed Wilde’s life and subsequent fall from grace as a gay man.

Further information on “Our Gay Wedding: The Musical” can be found on Channel 4’s website.

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