Press Room

November 29, 2012

Category: Allies, Federal Advocacy, Marriage, State Advocacy

Busy Philipps Joins Americans for Marriage Equality

“Cougar Town” actress supports marriage for gay and lesbian 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 Busy Philipps.  In the video, Philipps states, “Gay and lesbian couples just want to be treated like everyone else – nothing more, nothing less. Join me and the majority of Americans who support marriage equality nationwide.”  The video can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/marriageequality.

“Like most Americans, Busy Philipps knows that committed and loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal treatment under the law,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “Busy has been an incredible advocate for equality over the years, and we’re thrilled to have her join this campaign.”

Busy Philipps is known for her roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks and the iconic Dawson's Creek.  She currently plays Laurie Keller in the hit television series Cougar Town, a role that earned her a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.  Season 4 of Cougar Town premieres January 8th on TBS. 

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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