Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has recorded a PSA urging New Yorkers to support gay marriage.

“I'm former congressman Harold Ford. And I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality. I'm proud to say that my views on this issue of marriage equality have changed. I've listened and I've learned,” Ford says in his 40-second video for the Human Rights Campaign's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign released on Monday.

“I believe committed gay and lesbian couples in New York should be able to marry,” he adds. “So join me and the super majority of New Yorkers who view this issue as a matter of basic fairness. It's time to get this done.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

As a congressman, Ford twice voted in favor of an amendment that would define marriage as a heterosexual union in the U.S. Constitution. In 2004 and again in 2006, the Democrat crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

The 41-year-old Ford reversed course last year, telling Today Show host Matt Lauer that he now supports giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

When Lauer asked if it was a “change” in position, he answered: “Maybe in the language. But I'm a believer that benefits should flow to same sex partners and if indeed the fiction of the language, the title should be changed, much like Chuck Schumer who changed his mind on it and Bill Clinton's evolved, I'm of the opinion now that nothing is wrong with that.”

Ford, who now lives in New York, last year considered running for the Senate seat now occupied by the state's junior senator, Kristen Gillibrand, a strong supporter of gay rights.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that the New York Senate could vote on a proposed gay marriage bill as early as Thursday.