Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the latest politician to join the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.
“I believe gays and lesbians should be afforded the same fundamental rights as all Americans: to love whomever they choose and to proclaim that love with marriage,” Villaraigosa said in a video released Thursday. “I believe telling LGBT couples they can't marry is not only wrong, it goes against our fundamental values as a nation.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)
Villaraigosa also co-chairs the group Mayors for the Freedom to Marry along with Mayors Mike Bloomberg of New York City, Thomas M. Menino of Boston, Annise Parker of Houston and Jerry Sanders of San Diego.
Recent contributors to Americans for Marriage Equality include actors and real-life married couple Meghan Mullally and Nick Offerman, actor Stanley Tucci, actress Kristen Bell, singer Jason Mraz, 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, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Source: On Top Magazine