Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand join campaign supporting same sex marriage

By David Edwards
Friday, March 25, 2011 10:10 EDT
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New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have become the latest notable figures to call for equal marriage rights for same sex couples.

Both appeared in ads Wednesday created by the Human Rights Capaign (HRC).

“Some say politicians have a hard time getting to the point,” said Schumer in one 30-second ad. “But I don’t. So I won’t mince words. All New Yorkers should have the freedom to marry the one they love.”

“Hi, I am Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York, and I am proud as a New Yorker to support full marriage equality,” Gillibrand said in her ad. “Every generation in America has stood up against the injustice of their day. This is our moment. This is our fight. We must stand up against inequalities and fight for justice for all.”

Both senators were active in last year’s repeal of the military’s discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“The two Senators from New York join the ‘New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign’ at a pivotal moment in the fight for equal rights,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said.

“The Senators’ messages of fairness and equality represent the views of their constituents, the fair-minded people of New York. With an increasing number of lawmakers in New York supporting marriage equality, full equality is on the horizon.”

Gillibrand and Schumer join a long list of high profile personalities to appear in HRC ads, “including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; the actress Julianne Moore; Barbara Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush; Rev. Al Sharpton; former Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, and actress Mira Sorvino,” according to CBS News.

The following videos are from Human Rights Campaign, uploaded March 24, 2011.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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