Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has recorded an ad for the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

“As governor, I believe the state of Washington cannot be in the business of discrimination,” Gregoire says in the 40-second video released Thursday. “As an American, a wife and mother: Marriage equality is fair, just and right. And it is time.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Gregoire last month announced she would support an effort to make Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.

(Related: Chris Gregoire nudges Obama on gay marriage.)

On Wednesday, the Washington Senate approved the bill by a wider margin than expected.

The issue is also being discussed in five other states. In 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 last week 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, Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP).