Actress-comedian-talk show host Whoopi
Goldberg has recorded a video urging New Yorkers to support gay
“This is the U.S., and we're all
supposed to be equal,” Goldberg says in the ad. “Keeping certain
people not equal as Americans, kind of messes us up … you know, as
Americans.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this
This is the second video Goldberg has
recorded in the fight to win marriage equality in New York.
In a video for Fight Back NY, the
54-year-old Goldberg urges New Yorkers to oust state senators who
last year rejected a gay marriage bill.
“See, now is the time to stand up for
our friends,” she says. “And really, darling, it's a
Goldberg's newest ad, released Tuesday,
is part of an ongoing campaign that features prominent celebrities
and politicians, including Hollywood
couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, New
York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg and singer-songwriter
Moby. The campaign, backed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC),
the nation's largest gay advocate, hopes to build momentum on the
issue now, ahead of a hoped-for second attempt to legalize the
institution next year.
prospects of passage in the Senate, where the bill stalled last year,
have dimmed with the November 2 GOP takeover of the chamber. No
Republican state senator backed the measure last year.