Robert F Kennedy Jr. calls for marriage Equality
31 Jan 2011
WASHINGTON -- Today the Human Rights Campaign -- the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization -- released the tenth video of the "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" campaign. In the most recent video, which comes on the heels of two New York polls indicating nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers support marriage equality, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. joins the cast of iconic New Yorkers in speaking up for marriage equality. The New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in the Empire State, can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage .
"We are winning the fight for fairness in New York and nationwide," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is part of a family that has been fighting for equality for generations. We are honored to have him lend his respected voice and join others -- both high-profile and every day New Yorkers -- in the call for equality."
A January 2011 Siena Research Institute Poll found 57% of New Yorkers support marriage equality. In another poll released today by Quinnipiac University, New Yorkers support marriage equality by the highest margin ever in that poll (56% to 37% opposed).
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 when the legislative fight for marriage equality heats up in Albany.
To date, HRC has released videos from 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.