Out actor Dan Bucatinsky has joined the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

“Marriage equality to me means not just having the right to marry but knowing that my family is gonna be protected,” Bucatinsky says in the 60-second ad. “And that's an incredibly important thing to my husband Don [Roos] and me.”

The 49-year-old Bucatinsky is best known for playing James Novak, a gay man, on the ABC drama Scandal. He also starred in the 2011 romantic comedy All Over The Guy. He can currently be seen on the HBO series The Comeback, which he also executive produces, and NBC's Marry Me, in which he plays a gay dad.

“Growing up I didn't ever really imagine that I could one day dream for any of that. That one day I could be married, have two amazing kids and play a guy on TV that's a dad, that's married and happens to be gay just like me,” Bucatinsky says.

“We need nationwide marriage equality now for every kid and each and every one of their dreams,” he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Demi Lovato helped HRC relaunch its marriage campaign in July. Other celebrities who have recorded videos include Pauley Perrette, Jeff Perry, Kevin McHale, Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Sarandon, Anthony Bourdain, Colbie Caillat and Tony Hawk.