Today, HRC released a web video featuring actress, model, television host  and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi for the group’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. 

Padma Lakshimi was born in India and split her time growing up in New York and Chennai. She now lives in New York with her daughter. 

Lakshmi hosts the Bravo reality series, Top Chef, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2006 and  for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2009.

This is the eleventh video released for the re-launch of HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Video campaign. Previous releases include videos from Pauley Perrette, Jeff Perry, Kevin McHale, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Bourdain, Colbie Caillat, Tony Hawk, Susan Sarandon and Demi Lovato.

Same-sex couples can legally marry in 32 states and the District of Columbia, while 18 states have a law or constitutional amendment in effect restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman.  Court challenges to those marriage bans have been filed in every state where they remain on the books, and polling continues to show Americans moving inexorably in the direction of supporting equality for same-sex couples nationwide. 

Nationally, Gallup puts support for marriage equality at 55 percent – an astonishing 15 points increase from just 5 years ago – with other polls showing support at even higher margins.  And support for same-sex marriage rights continues to grow in virtually every demographic group.  According to ABC News / Washington Post, 77 percent of adults under age 30 favor marriage equality.  40 percent of Republicans – an all-time high and jump of 16 points in under two years – now support marriage for gay and lesbian couples, while the number of Catholics supporting marriage has grown to 62 percent, according to The New York Times.  These numbers continue to grow, with no indication that support will slow down.  

HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign seeks to advance marriage equality nationwide and provide up-to-the-minute information for lawmakers, legal experts, media, and grassroots supporters. Following the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 last year, new marriage equality battles are underway in the courts, at the ballot and in public education campaigns.  The campaign’s video series will draw from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders speaking out in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples nationwide.

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

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