Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker
appears in a new campaign calling for the legalization of gay
campaign by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest
gay rights advocate, is patterned after two similar efforts launched
to win marriage equality in New York and Maryland.
“Hi, I'm Mayor Cory Booker. I
support marriage equality,” Booker, a rising star in the Democratic
Party, says in the 50-second spot.
“I support it because from my
earliest of ages I made a pledge that we will be a nation with
liberty and justice for all. I support marriage equality because I
believe in the 14th amendment – equal protection under
the law. And I support marriage equality because I support love and
in this nation we need a lot more of it.” (The video is embedded
in the right panel of this page.)
Unlike previous campaigns which sought
to increase support for legislation introduced in specific states,
the new initiative is not tied to any specific proposal.
“Americans for Marriage Equality will
help drive the national conversation on marriage equality at a
critical time as the issue moves through the electoral, legislative
and judicial arenas. We look forward to changing more minds,” HRC
President Joe Solmonese said in a statement.