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Broadway Diva Defends Marriage Equality In A Powerful New Song

Karen Mason is channeling her passion for equal rights into her music.  

The Broadway singer-actress, who is best known for her roles in ?Mamma Mia!? and ?Sunset Boulevard,? croons a tender ode to marriage equality on her new album, ?It?s About Time.? ?Feels like we have wait 20 lifetimes, wishing for this moment to be real,? Mason sings on the title track, as seen in the video above. ?And now we?re stepping into the spotlight to celebrate the way we truly feel.? 

Mason told HuffPost she first performed ?It?s About Time? at the wedding of two gay friends shortly after same-sex couples won the right to legally marry in New York state in 2011. Given the challenges that the LGBTQ community is currently facing, she felt it was appropriate to reprise the song on her album, which hit retailers March 7. 

?Equality is important to me, as it should be to everyone,? Mason said of the song, which was written by her husband, Paul Rolnick, and Shelly Markham. ?Marriage is such an intimate relationship and has been guarded so preciously by some heterosexuals in our society as the last bastion of ?normalcy,? whatever that word means. I refuse to make those judgements, especially when it concerns love.? 

The album also features a number of standards most associated with Judy Garland, including ?The Man That Got Away? and ?Over The Rainbow.? Mason, who has performed much of the Garland songbook in concert, said she felt her new tune fit in perfectly with the ?storytelling? feel of the classic repertoire. Ultimately, she hopes listeners will view ?It?s About Time? simply as a poignant reminder that ?it is really just all about love? rather than a political gesture.

?If someone listens to the words of this song, they will hear a beautiful song about the chance to finally say ?I love you? to the world,? she told HuffPost. ?How can anyone deny and refuse wanting to love someone else? I?ve never understood that.? 

Karen Mason will perform songs from ?It?s About Time? at New York?s Don?t Tell Mama every Sunday and Monday through May 29. She?ll also appear at Davenport?s Piano Bar and Cabaret in Chicago through May 20 and at The Rrazz Room in New Hope, Pennsylvania on June 10. 

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THE COMEY FALLOUT CONTINUES Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly left a paper trail of notes and memos about his meetings with President Donald Trump. One such memo alleges that the president asked him to stop the investigation into Michael Flynn. Outcry has been swift ? Sen. John McCain even said the White House scandals were ?reaching Watergate size and scale.? House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz says they?re going to subpoena for Comey?s memos. And here?s a breakdown of what qualifies as an obstruction of justice. [HuffPost]

WHEN THE NSA?S HACKING TOOLS GET OUT ?The malicious code at the heart of the WannaCry virus that hit computer systems globally late last week was apparently stolen from the NSA, repackaged by cybercriminals and unleashed on the world for a cyberattack that now ranks as among the most disruptive in history.? [WaPo]

IT?S NOT JUST YOU This past week of news has been pure chaos for the White House. [HuffPost]

RIPPLE EFFECT OF CONTINUOUS WHITE HOUSE TURMOIL: HIRING ISN?T GETTING ANY EASIER Hundreds of key posts at the Department of Defense and the State Department are still unfilled. [HuffPost]

CHINA INSTALLS ROCKET LAUNCHERS ON DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLAND Allegedly to ?ward off Vietnamese military combat divers.? [Reuters]

CHOLERA SWEEPING THROUGH YEMEN?S CAPITAL Killing 184 in just days. [HuffPost]

BREAKING DOWN WHAT FOX COVERED INSTEAD OF THE COMEY MEMO Including a conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. [Axios]

WHAT?S BREWING

?MY FAMILY?S SLAVE? ?She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.? [The Atlantic]

YOU PROBABLY EAT PLASTIC ALL THE TIME ?One in four fish has plastic in its gut, according a recent study. Plastic particles have also been found in oysters and mussels. If you eat a lot of shellfish, for example, you might be consuming 11,000 pieces of plastic a year.? And it even seepsinto your salt. [HuffPost]

A WARNING NOTE FOR TAKING CARE OF THAT BUBBLY Make sure you aren?t ruining that bottle of champagne by keeping it in the fridge for too long. [HuffPost]

4 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED THIS VIDEO OF KENDALL JENNER FACE-PLANTING Take from that what you will. [HuffPost]

WHY THERE ARE SO MANY MEDICAL BILL ERRORS And how you can spot them. [HuffPost]

WAS IT PROM FOR THE ROYALS? Nah, just a garden party that had Prince William and Kate Middleton rocking matching his-and-hers outfits. [Vanity Fair]

BEFORE YOU GO

Thanks to everyone who submitted an answer to our news quiz Tuesday! We loved hearing from all of you! The correct answer was the Vladivostok region, but we also took Primorsky Krai since it is the greater province that encompasses Vladivostok. We?ll let you know if you?re the winner of an Amazon Echo! 

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