Miss New York Claire Buffie has also recorded an ad for the Human Right Campaign's (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign. Her video is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

In the 30-second spots, celebrities and prominent politicians urge New Yorkers to support the legalization of gay marriage in the state.

The 24-year-old beauty queen is the first to use the platform to champion LGBT rights.

“It's the right thing to do,” Buffie reportedly said after recording her ad. “I'm presenting this as an issue of dignity, respect and fairness.”

Buffie, an executive board member of the gay rights group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), has an older lesbian sister.

In discussing gay rights at conservative venues, Buffie said she stresses respectful dialogue.

“You're not going to grow to open up to or agree with something unless you talk about it,” said Buffie.

HRC, the nation's largest gay rights advocate, launched the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign last fall to build momentum on the issue ahead of a hoped-for vote this year. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo supports the effort, which is expected to take shape in the late spring.