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Sen. Al Franken Is an American for Marriage Equality

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

Today we released an Americans for Marriage Equality video featuring our friend Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, a longtime advocate for marriage equality and all LGBT peole.  In the video, Sen. Franken jokes, "My wife Frani and I have been married for 36 years - many of them happy.  I think everybody should be able to marry the person they love.  And I think our government should help people make those lifelong commitments." 

The video can be seen at

Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008 and was sworn in July of 2009 following a statewide hand recount. He currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and  the Committee on Indian Affairs.  He has been one of the most vocal supporters in the Senate for the rights of LGBT people, authoring pro-equality legislation such as the Student Non-Discrimination Act.  Citizens in Franken’s home state of Minnesota will vote in November on a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would ban marriage for same-sex couples. 

This is the eleventh video released by HRC for the Americans campaign.  Past videos feature Michael K. Williams, Aisha Tyler, Dee Rees and Kim Wayans, Scott Fujita, Josh Charles, Katori Hall, John Leguizamo, Julian Bond, Mo’Nique, and Cory Booker.

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