Longtime couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are taking a stand for gay marriage in a new ad urging New Yorkers to support its legalization.

“This is a private issue that should never be determined by the government,” Sedgwick says in the ad. “Everyone has the right to choose who they love and how to express that love.”

“We all deserve the right to marry the person that we love,” Bacon adds as he beams at his wife of 22 years. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The ad is part of an ongoing campaign that features prominent celebrities and politicians. The campaign, backed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay advocate, has previously featured singer-songwriter Moby, actresses Fran Drescher and Julianne Moore, fashion designer Kenneth Cole, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the widow of tennis great Arthur Ashe, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In his ad, Moby says, “One of the things that made me most proud of being a New Yorker for decades is the fact that we embrace all people and walks of life.”

The campaign hopes to build momentum on the issue now, ahead of a hoped-for vote next year to legalize gay marriage in the state after last year's failed bid. Speaking at a gay fundraiser in October, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo vowed he'd legalize gay marriage, if elected.