Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), urges Marylanders to support gay marriage in a new PSA released Tuesday.

“I know a little something about fighting for what's right and just,” Bond says in the 30-second spot for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality Campaign.

“Gay and Lesbian couples in Maryland have the same values as everyone else: love, commitment and stable families. They should have the same right to marry as the rest of us.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who has committed to shepherding a gay marriage bill through the Maryland Legislature during the upcoming legislative session, kicked off the video campaign last month.

In his ad, O'Malley argues that marriage equality and religious freedoms can coexist. Pressure from religious groups has been credited with ending last year's effort, which failed in the House of Delegates after passage in the Senate.

Also joining the campaign are Precious star Mo'Nique and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.