Press Room

September 26, 2012

Category: Allies, Marriage

Actress Katey Sagal Joins HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality

Golden Globe winner supports marriage rights for same-sex couples nationwide

WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released a video ad featuring actress Katey Sagal for its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.  In the video, Sagal states, “It’s absolutely crazy to me that most states are willingly harming families by denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.”  The video can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/marriageequality.

“Katey Sagal knows that marriage and families are all about love and commitment,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “Couples shouldn’t have to jump through unnecessary hoops put in place by lawmakers in order to provide for themselves and their families.”  

Katey Sagal first gained fame as Peg Bundy on the groundbreaking family comedy series, Married… with Children.  More recently, she’s starred on the show 8 Simple Rules in the role of Cate Hennessy, and currently voices the character of Leela on Fox’s animated series Futurama.  Presently she stars as Gemma Teller Morrow in the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, a role which earned her a Golden Globe in 2011.  Sons of Anarchy is currently in its 5th season and airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on FX.

This is the twenty-eighth release by HRC for the Americans campaign.  Past videos feature Rep. Gwen Moore, Bryan Cranston, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Melissa Harris-Perry, fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Stanley Tucci, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Cybill Shepherd, Kristen Bell, Jason Mraz, Rossana Rosado, The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Michael K. Williams, Aisha Tyler, Scott Fujita, Josh Charles, John Leguizamo, Julian Bond, Mo’Nique, and Mayor Cory Booker.

About 53 percent of the American public supports marriage for same-sex couples, according to a number of nonpartisan polls, including Gallup, CNN, and Washington Post/ABC News.

Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.  The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, and political and civic leaders.

For more information on the campaign or to see the videos, visit www.hrc.org/marriageequality.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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