Actress Pauley Perrette has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

In a 1-minute clip released Friday, the 45-year-old Perrette says that she support marriage equality because “everyone should be able to love and marry whoever they want.”

“Equality to me is much more than a goal to achieve,” Perrette said. “Equality to me is the very foundation that this great nation is built on. Equality to me is everyone having the same legal rights now.”

“I've been through a lot in the way of love, for better or worse, but what will never change is my belief that everyone should be able to love and marry whoever they want. Everyone should be able to show their love and commitment through a wedding vow,” she added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In 2011, Perrette, who is best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the CBS drama NCIS, made a statement in support of gay rights when she attended the People's Choice Awards wearing a strapless “NOH8” dress.