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Melissa Harris-Perry is an American for Marriage Equality

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Today HRC released a video for our Americans for Marriage Equality video campaign featuring author and TV host, Melissa Harris-Perry.  In the video, Harris-Perry says, “Intentionally disenfranchising a particular group of people – like gay and lesbian couples – violates the core values of our constitution.”  The videos can be viewed online at

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry is an accomplished author, scholar, and current host of “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show” on MSNBC.  Harris-Perry is also a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University.  Her show airs on MSNBC on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon ET.

This is the twenty fourth release by HRC for the Americans campaign.  Past videos feature fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Stanley Tucci, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Cybill Shepherd, Kristen Bell, Jason Mraz, Rossana Rosado, The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Michael K. Williams, Aisha Tyler, Scott Fujita, Josh Charles, John Leguizamo, Julian Bond, Mo’Nique, and Mayor Cory Booker.

About 53% of the American public supports marriage for same-sex couples, according to a number of nonpartisan polls, including Gallup, CNN, and Washington Post/ABC News.

Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.  The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.

For more information on the campaign or to see the videos, visit



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