Pariah's Kim Wayans and Dee Rees, the film's star and writer-director, respectively, have recorded an ad for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

“Nothing says family like marriage, and everyone should be able to marry the person that they love and to protect the family that they care about,” Wayans says in the video.

“Lesbian and gay couples' stories are just as real, and just as romantic, and deserve to be told,” Rees adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Pariah tells the story of Alike (played by Adepero Oduye), an African-American teen living with her conservative parents and sister in Brooklyn as she begins to affirm her identity as a lesbian. Wayans plays Alike's overbearing mother who is opposed to her daughter's sexuality.

Similar HRC campaigns have focused on winning marriage equality in a specific state, previously New York and currently Maryland.

(Related: Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita urges Americans to support gay marriage.)

Americans for Marriage Equality places the campaign on a national stage and includes videos from the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign.

Recent contributors include 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).