Americans for Marriage Equality Launch Hosted by Calvin Klein Collection
November 30, 2011 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary
Support for marriage equality nationwide has increased by almost twenty percent in the past 15 years. Today, about 53% of the American public supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, according to a number of nonpartisan polls, including Gallup, CNN, and Washington Post/ABC News. One of the main drivers for this dramatic change is the continued high-profile nature of the discussion. HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign aimed at continuing that conversation with the American people. Launched in October, the campaign will feature video testimonials by prominent Americans – ranging from professional athletes, film and music celebrities, to political and civil rights leaders – all in support of marriage equality.
Monday night, the Americans campaign was officially launched with an event hosted by the Calvin Klein Collection at the iconic brand’s Madison Avenue flagship store. The goal was to bring continued aware to this fundamental fight for equality from coast to coast. A prominent group of Americans including Julianne Moore, Anna Wintour, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Ronald Perlman, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Jared Kushner, Jay McInerney, Sean Avery, Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower, Renee Fleming, Justine and Jeff Koons, Courtney Love Cobain, and Speaker Christine Quinn, attended the event to lend their support. HRC president Joe Solmonese was also in attendance and offered remarks during the short program which featured Julianne Moore and Speaker Quinn.
The campaign has already featured videos by Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, civil rights legend Julian Bond, Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, and acclaimed Broadway playwright Katori Hall.
The campaign is the national expansion of the very successful New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign HRC ran in that state earlier this year. New Yorkers featured videos from over 50 prominent New Yorkers like Russell Simmons, Kevin Bacon, and Lucy Liu, and world class athletes like Steve Nash, and Michael Strahan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Barbara Bush, and U.S. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer also lent their voices to the cause.
For more information on the campaign or to see the featured videos, visit www.hrc.org/marriageequality.
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