December 5, 2011
By Jacob Combs
“Americans for Marriage Equality,” the Human Rights Campaign’s new marriage equality initiative, which began in October, launched officially last Monday with a star-studded event at Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue store in New York. Among the guests were Anna Wintour, Sean Avery, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who spoke at the event along with Julianna Moore and HRC president Joe Solmonese.
HRC’s new campaign is a national expansion of its successful “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” initiative earlier this year, which consisted of a series of videos featuring prominent New Yorkers like Michael Bloomberg, Russell Simmons, Steve Nash and Barbara Bush affirming their support for marriage equality. The new campaign will feature the same type of video testimonials recorded by athletes, celebrities and politicians from around the country.
Check out the “Americans for Marriage Equality” website to see the first set of videos, which include testimonials by Julian Bond, John Leguizamo and Cory Booker. HRC’s New York videos certainly played a role in making marriage equality a reality in the state earlier this summer, so hopefully the organization’s new national campaign will continue to keep the marriage equality discussion on people’s minds and bring us closer to making equal rights a reality.