Chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

In a 1-minute clip released this week, the 58-year-old Bourdain explains why he believes America “needs marriage equality now.”

“I've met a lot of people in my life [from] all over the world and a common thread, the people I admire, whoever they are, wherever they are, are people who are proud, who do things with love, who feel a sense of responsibility to others,” Bourdain says.

“What sensible person could be against that?”

“The desire to love and be responsible to another person, to commit to another human being, these are virtues.”

“That's why we need nationwide marriage equality now,” he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Last month, singer Demi Lovato helped HRC relaunch its successful marriage campaign.