Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo are New Yorkers for Marriage Equality

by HRC Staff

Iconic Upstate New Yorkers Raise Profile of Timely Fight for Equal Marriage

Washington- Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo and his wife, Sunrise, join 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 upstate New Yorkers say, "We're raising our three kids to treat everyone with dignity and respect. We believe everyone should have the right and the chance to be with the person they love - straight or gay." The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State, can be viewed online at

"The fight for marriage equality is nationwide and New York is front and center," 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 Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo, residents of upstate New York, join the chorus of voices 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 placement on Taxi TV and elsewhere in the weeks ahead. To date, HRC has released videos from 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, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole - with more to follow in the coming weeks and months.

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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