- The Washington Times - Monday, June 11, 2018

In a paean to the LGBT community, actor Andrew Garfield encouraged the audience at the 72nd annual Tony Awards to “bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”

“We are all sacred, and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,” Mr. Garfield said in his acceptance speech Sunday night.

He was referencing the U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down last week that ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission discriminated against baker Jack Phillips by forcing him to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage.

Mr. Garfield was accepting the award for lead actor for “Angels in America,” a play about AIDS and homosexuality set in 1980s America.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” actor said it was his “profound privilege” to star in the play “at a moment in time where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit.”

He said the spirit of the LGBT community is one that “says no to oppression.”

“It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion,” Mr. Garfield said. “It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly, and we all belong. So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit, to protect that message, for the right to live and love as we are created to.”

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