Actor Jeff Perry has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

In a 1-minute clip released Thursday, the 59-year-old Perry says he's straight but plays a gay husband on TV, a reference to his portrayal of Cyrus Beene on the ABC drama Scandal. Cyrus' now dead husband was played by out actor Dan Bucatinsky.

(Related: Dan Bucatinsky: Coming out gay is a bitch, awesome and awful.)

“I'm a straight man who plays a married gay dad on TV,” Perry says. “Cyrus and James had a pretty scandalous relationship, what with Cyrus being an evil political genius who set the love of his life up for an affair, planted incriminating photos, sabotaged his career-defining moment and almost took a hit out on James.”

“But in parts of this country what stands out to some people is not that Cyrus is an awesomely conflicted villain, but the fact that they were married at all.”

“Whether you're a gay husband or just a guy playing one on TV, you deserve the right to get married no matter what,” he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)