Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Join HRC's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign

by HRC Staff

Senators join growing list of elected leaders supporting marriage equality

WASHINGTON - Senators Chuck Schumer and KirstenGillibrand join the Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization - in two new videos in the "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign. The videos come as the debate over marriage equality heats up in New York and nationwide. The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State, can be viewed online at

"The two Senators from New York join the 'New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign' at a pivotal moment in the fight for equal rights," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "The Senators' messages of fairness and equality represent the views of their constituents, the fair-minded people of New York. With an increasing number of lawmakers in New York supporting marriage equality, full equality is on the horizon."

Two recent New York polls show a majority of New Yorkers support marriage equality. A Siena Research Institute Poll earlier 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. To date, HRC has released videos from Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the Fabulous Beekman Boys, 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, 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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