Russell Simmons became the latest local celebrity to cut an ad for marriage equality today, adding his voice to the Human Rights Campaign’s New York push.
Simmons has long been a champion of liberal causes, and he joins a video series that includes bold-face names from Julianne Moore and Barbara Bush, to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Moby.
The HRC also announced that it’s taking the star-studded ads to Taxi TV, which is good news for those still trying to fill the void since they pulled those David Yassky spots.
“As public opinion continues to shift in favor of marriage equality across the country and particularly in New York, we are honored to have Russell Simmons lend his voice to the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese in a statement. “The people, governor, and an increasing number of lawmakers in New York support marriage equality. We are thrilled to expand the reach of our message that families and communities in the Empire state will be stronger when the law recognizes and respects the love and commitment of same-sex couples.”
Whether all that support can translate into legislation still remains unclear. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has committed to bringing a bill to the floor for a vote, though it’s unclear whether it would pass this session, after a dispiriting defeat last year.