Minnesota Senator Al Franken has recorded an ad for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.
“I support marriage equality,” Franken says in the 40-second video released Thursday. “My wife Franni and I have been married for 36 years, many of them happy.”
“I think everybody should be able to marry the person they love, and I think our government should help people make those loving lifelong commitments.”
HRC President Joe Solmonese thanked Franken for his appearance.
“The government should not be in the business of getting between two people making a loving commitment to each other,” Solmonese said in a statement. “We are grateful to Sen. Franken for his unwavering support for marriage equality, and know that he will continue to advocate for fairness and equality on behalf of the state of Minnesota.”
Franken has also spoken out against Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban, which will be decided on by voters in November.
The issue of marriage equality is being discussed in six states. In three states – Washington, New Jersey and Maryland – lawmakers are debating whether to legalize the institution. In Minnesota and North Carolina, voters will decide on the definition of marriage. And supporters of marriage equality in Maine announced on Thursday that they will return the issue to the ballot box this November.
Recent contributors to Americans for Marriage Equality include The Talk co-host Aisha Tyler, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Pariah's Kim Wayans and Dee Rees, the film's star and writer-director, Precious star Mo'Nique, The Good Wife's Josh Charles, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbedejo and Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Source: On Top Magazine