Steve Nash Supports Marriage Equality in New York
May 23, 2011
NBA legend Steve Nash has partnered with HRC in a new video for the group’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign. In the video, Nash talks about the growing number of professional athletes who are speaking out in support of marriage equality, saying, “I’m proud to be one of them.” The video can be viewed at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage.
The NBA released a statement to ESPN’s Jane McManus in response to Nash’s video. "Our players know they are in a unique position to impact the conversations that occur around important social issues," wrote NBA spokesperson Mike Bass. "We encourage and in many cases help facilitate ways for our players to express their views, follow their passions, and be engaged."
A recent poll by New York-based Siena Research Institute shows a strong majority (58 percent) of New Yorkers support marriage equality. This support runs deep, including all age groups and demographics, including a virtual tie among Republicans and a significant plurality of Independent voters. New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was featured in last week’s video.
Steve Nash lives in Manhattan when he’s not in Phoenix playing for the Suns. In 2006, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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 Miss New York, Anna Wintour, Larry King, Sean Avery, Julianna Margulies, Bill T. Jones, Sam Waterston, Christopher Meloni, Mario Batali, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Lucy Liu, Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, 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, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole – with more to follow in the coming weeks.
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