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Fun. will play a benefit concert in Portland, Maine on Halloween (October 31st) to support a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. According to Rolling Stone, the bill is one of four such proposals up for a vote on November 6th, along with others in Washington, Maryland and Minnesota. Pianist Andrew Dost said, "Not only are we behind the issue -- we really intend to go and help where we can make a difference by making some noise, garnering some money and donating some money."
Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff added, "We got involved because we care in the same way we think everyone should care, and more importantly, we think it should be an issue way beyond the gay community. It's a little bit of a vibe like, 'It's not my problem if I'm not gay.' But it should be everyone's problem."
The members of Fun. were dismayed by the passage of Proposition 8, a same-sex marriage ban, a few years ago in California, and want to get more young people voting this time. Dost said, "A lot of college kids, or even people our age, aren't voting necessarily, and that's a big deal, especially in this election."
The Portland show will also serve as the kickoff for the REVERB Campus Consciousness Tour, which will hit a number of colleges through November 18th and is aimed at educating and mobilizing students to take positive action for LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bi/transgender/questioning/queer) equality.
Fun. is on the road behind its second album, Some Nights, which features the Number One Modern Rock track "We Are Young."