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Sam Waterston Joins HRC’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign”

Sam Waterston, the long-time star of Law & Order, has joined forces with HRC in a new video for our New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign.  The Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner called for support to "make the system fair and end institutionalized bigotry."  The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State, can be viewed online at

A new poll released last week by Siena Research Institute shows public opinion continues to trend toward marriage equality in New York State with a record high of 58 percent support and a record low of 36 percent opposition.

The New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign is centered on video testimonials from New Yorkers who support the right of same-sex couples to marry. To date, HRC has released videos from Sam Waterston, Christopher Meloni, Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio, Lucy Liu, Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the Fabulous Beekman Boys, Russell Simmons, Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo, John Slattery, Joan Rivers, Barbara Bush, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher, Moby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole – with more to follow in the coming weeks and months.

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