Daphne Rubin-Vega is a 'New Yorker for Marriage Equality'

by HRC Staff

First Spanish-Language video released in Campaign Raising Profile of Fight for Equal Marriage

Washington - Today the Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization - released the eighth and ninth videos of the "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign, which feature Broadway actress Daphne Rubin-Vega. The release includes the first Spanish language video in the series. The campaign which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage.

"With pro-equality gains in the legislature and a Governor-elect ready to sign a marriage bill into law, New York can be on the leading edge of fairness for all families," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "We're particularly excited to highlight a high-profile, Spanish-speaking New Yorker who will spur fair-minded citizens to make their voices heard on this critical equality issue. Everyone needs to be heard in the fight for equality."

The campaign is centered on video testimonials from New Yorkers who support the right of same-sex couples to marry. The ads will run online with possible placement elsewhere when the legislative fight for marriage equality heats up in Albany.

To date, HRC has released videos from Daphne Rubin-Vega, actors Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, actress Fran Drescher, Moby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, actress Julianne Moore and designer Kenneth Cole - and more will follow in the coming weeks and months.

An equal marriage bill failed last year by eight votes in the New York state Senate despite having the support of the Governor and being passed in the Assembly. HRC's Campaign for New York Marriage worked to defeat Senators who voted against equality and helped elect fair-minded leaders including Senators-elect Tony Avella, David Carlucci and Tim Kennedy.

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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