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Actor Kevin McHale Joins HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality

Today, HRC released a video ad featuring actor Kevin McHale for the group’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. In the video, the Glee star states, “Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples deserve to have their love, their relationships and their families recognized like everyone else.”  The video can be viewed online at hrc.org/marriageequality.

Kevin McHale has been an incredible ally and advocate for equality in America, and we are so grateful to him for joining this campaign. Like a majority of Americans, Kevin understands that being LGBT shouldn’t limit your ability to marry the person you love.  This nation will be stronger and more just when we have nationwide marriage equality.

Kevin McHale stars as the loveable Artie Abrams in FOX's award winning show Glee.

Kevin can next been seen on the big screen in the much anticipated film Boychoir, starring opposite a legendary cast which includes Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates. On the small screen, he spent the summer in London filming as the host of Virtually Famous, the brand new UK comedy panel show celebrating the weird and wonderful world of on-line sensations.

Born in Plano, Texas, triple threat Kevin moved to Los Angeles as a young teenager to pursue his career in acting, singing and dancing. In addition to Glee, his television credits include guest starring on the revival of Whose Line is it Anyway?True Blood and The Office. Kevin is actively involved in charity work. The two closest to his heart are working with people with disabilities, and The Trevor Project (the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention). In his spare time Kevin writes original music and is currently developing several original television projects. Kevin also loves fashion and is repeatedly singled out for his bold sense of style. He has been noted as a budding fashion icon, and has been dressed by top designers. 

This is the seventh video released for the re-launch of HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Video campaign. Previous releases include videos from Kristin ChenowethAnthony BourdainColbie CaillatTony HawkSusan Sarandon and Demi Lovato.

Same-sex couples can legally marry in nineteen states and the District of Columbia, while 31 states have a law or constitutional amendment restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman.  However, polling continues to show Americans moving inexorably in the direction of supporting equality for same-sex couples, and there are over 70 court cases across the country challenging bans on marriage equality. 

Nationally, Gallup puts support for marriage equality at 55 percent – an astonishing 15 points increase from just 5 years ago – with other polls showing support at even higher margins.  And support for same-sex marriage rights continues to grow in virtually every demographic group.  According to ABC News / Washington Post, 77 percent of adults under age 30 favor marriage equality.  40 percent of Republicans – an all-time high and jump of 16 points in under two years – now support marriage for gay and lesbian couples, while the number of Catholics supporting marriage has grown to 62 percent, according to the New York Times.  These numbers continue to grow, with no indication that support will slow down.   

HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign seeks to advance marriage equality nationwide and provide up-to-the-minute information for lawmakers, legal experts, media, and grassroots supporters. Following the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 last year, new marriage equality battles are underway in the courts, at the ballot and in public education campaigns.  The campaign’s video series will draw from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders speaking out in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples nationwide.  For more information on the campaign or to see the videos, visit http://americansformarriageequality.org.

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