Former Congressman Harold Ford Announces Change of Heart on Marriage Equality

by HRC Staff

Washington - Harold Ford, Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee and now a New York resident, has filmed a video with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, for the group's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign. In the video, Congressman Ford states, "I'm proud to say my views on this issue of marriage equality have changed. I've listened and I've learned." The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in New York, can be viewed online at

"We are grateful to Harold Ford, Jr. for his leadership," said Brian Ellner, HRC's Senior Strategist in New York. "He represents the many New Yorkers who have 'listened' and 'learned' and realize it's time to pass marriage equality."

Polls continue to show a clear and strong majority of New Yorkers support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.

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 Michael Strahan, Ben & Jerry, Broadway Actors, Vanessa Williams, Anna Wintour, Larry King, Sean Avery, Julianna Margulies, Bill T. Jones, Sam Waterston, Christopher Meloni, Mario Batali, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Lucy Liu, Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, 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, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole - with more to follow in the coming weeks.

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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