Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is the latest professional athlete to join the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.

“Hi, I'm Steve Nash,” the 37-year-old athlete says in his 30-second video ad released Monday. “I spend my summers in New York and I love playing at the Garden.”

“A growing number of professional athletes are speaking out in support of gay and lesbian couples getting married. I'm proud to be one of them.”

“Join me and the super majority of New Yorkers who support marriage equality,” Nash adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Nash follows in the foot steps of New York Rangers winger Sean Avery, whose endorsement of gay marriage rocked the world of professional sports. Nash's ad was released soon after Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized on Sunday for using an anti-gay slur.

Nash and Avery are among the growing number of professional athletes, 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 is being coordinated out of Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton have also thrown their support behind New York's latest effort to legalize gay marriage.

A Gallup poll released last week found 53% of Americans support marriage equality.