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HRC Launches Americans for Marriage Equality

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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.


  • 1. Sagesse  |  December 5, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Signing in.

  • 2. Bill S.  |  December 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Barbara Bush? Really? Wow…well good for her.

  • 3. Paul  |  December 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Is this an old post from 2004? Because it seems like this is something that HRC should have done then, if not sooner.

    And I'd say that having the tag line "Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights" as the first thing any visitors to the site sees does no one any good. Until we start treating these as HUMAN rights and AMERICAN rights instead of "GLBT" rights, we are destined to continue failing. EVERY AMERICAN is affected by marriage discrimination. It harms EVERYONE when some families are deprived of these basic legal protections. Why can't we recognize this and present it as such?

  • 4. SoCal_Dave  |  December 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    My eyes popped when I saw this too, but then I realized it is probably Barbara, the daughter of W (not his mom). Can anyone confirm? Still, of course, great to see.

  • 5. AnonyGrl  |  December 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Daughter, not mom. And yes, it was quite wonderful to see.

  • 6. AnonyGrl  |  December 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Paul, I absolutely agree with you that these are human rights. The point of the LGBT label is that it identifies the ISSUE being discussed quickly and easily. So I don't mind it, for that reason.

  • 7. Paul  |  December 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Unfortunately, the point is to reach out to people that might have questions or be anti-gay marriage (or anti-gay) and try to change their hearts and minds. Those people are immediately going to tune out or hit the back button, so the site has accomplished… well… nothing.

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