Former professional skateboarder Tony
Hawk has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for
Marriage Equality campaign.
In a 45-second clip released Wednesday,
the 46-year-old Hawk says he believes everyone deserves to follow
“People ask me all the time, what
advice do I have for kids who want to become pro skaters? I always
say pretty much the same thing: work hard and follow your heart,”
Hawk says. “That's how I feel about marriage equality; we all
deserve to follow our hearts. And we need to continue working until
every state recognizes marriage as an equal right.”
“Whether you're LGBT or straight,
join me and the majority of Americans who support marriage equality,”
he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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HRC's Charlie Joughin applauded Hawk's
endorsement in a statement.
“Like most Americans, Tony Hawk knows
that all families deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and
equality under the law. We are incredibly grateful to Tony for
speaking out in favor of marriage equality, and lending his voice to
HRC's fight for fairness nationwide,” he said.
Earlier this month, singer
Demi Lovato helped HRC relaunch its successful marriage campaign.