Iconic New Yorker Raises Profile of Timely Fight for Equal Marriage
WASHINGTON - On the heels of the New York Premiere of his movie Adjustment Bureau, John Slattery joins the Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization - in a new video in the "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign. In the video, the Mad Men star says, "Unfortunately equal rights don't happen on their own - we need to fight for them." The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State, can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage.
"New York is in the forefront of the fight for marriage equality," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "With a governor committed to sign a marriage equality bill and polls showing the vast majority of New Yorkers support it, we are honored to have John Slattery lend his voice in the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign."
Two recent New York polls show a majority of New Yorkers support marriage equality. A Siena Research Institute Poll earlier last month found 57 percent of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples and another recent poll by Quinnipiac University had support at 56 percent.
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. The ads are running online with possible placement elsewhere. To date, HRC has released videos from John Slattery, Joan Rivers, Barbara Bush, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher, Moby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole - with more to follow in the coming weeks and months.
Slattery's new movie, Adjustment Bureau, opens in theatres on March 4.
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