Fashion editor Anna Wintour is the
latest celebrity to join the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) New
Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.
“As far as I'm concerned having the
right to say 'I do' is as fundamental as the right to vote,”
Wintour says in her 30-second video ad, which was posted on the
group's website Tuesday.
“The time is now. Please join me in
supporting marriage equality for all New Yorkers,” she ads. (The
video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
The 61-year-old, British-born Wintour
has helmed fashion glossy Vogue since 1988.
Wintour is among the growing number of
celebrities and prominent politicians to record a video for the
campaign that began last year.
Five gay rights groups – including
HRC – last month announced the formation of New
Yorkers United for Marriage to begin a new push for the
legalization of gay marriage in New York. The
campaign will be coordinated by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.
Last week, New
York state Representative Daniel O'Donnell introduced a gay marriage
bill in the Assembly.
The issue has become heated in recent
weeks as New York lawmakers enter the final weeks of the legislative
session. On Sunday, New
York state Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. led a rally in the Bronx in
opposition to the proposed legislation, and the
New York Times reported that leading donors to the Republican
Party and right-leaning causes were largely funding the push to make
New York the sixth state to legalize the institution.