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Top New York Chefs Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio Join HRC’s “New Yorkers for Marriage

Three of New York's top chef's, Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio have teamed up with HRC in three new videos for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign.  In the videos the three chefs speak humorously, but from their hearts, of the importance of fairness and equality under the law.  The latest videos come as the debate over marriage equality once again takes center stage in Albany and across the state.  The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State, can be viewed online at

Two recent New York polls show a majority of New Yorkers support marriage equality. A Siena Research Institute Poll earlier found 57 percent of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples and another recent poll by Quinnipiac University had support at 56 percent.

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 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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