Larry King to President Obama: “Support the Freedom to Marry!”

8/2/2011


King, MYA, Hasselhoff and Other Celebs in New No H8 Video Urging President Obama to “Say I Do” to Freedom to Marry

Press Contact:

Jackie Yodashkin

Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

jackie@freedomtomarry.org

917-620-4502


(New York, NY, August 2, 2011) - NOH8 Campaign launched a PSA video starring Larry King, MYA, David Hasselhoff, Sara Bareilles, Trina, Tommy Joe Ratliff, Bret Lockett, and Verne Troyer as part of Freedom to Marry’s Say I Do campaign urging President Obama to join the majority of Americans who support marriage for same-sex couples.

The video can be seen by clicking here: http://bit.ly/q0SL2D
In the video, Emmy-award winning broadcaster King, who has interviewed every US president since Gerald Ford, states: “Many of your fellow elected officials have already taken a stand… Please, Mr. President, support the Freedom to Marry.”

"This NO H8 PSA brings together talented musicians, athletes and journalists to get the message across – it’s time for the President to end his journey, join the majority of Americans, and speak out in support of the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples," said Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry.  "Now is the time for President Obama to say it loud and clear: 'I Do.'"

“We are grateful to our friends at the NO H8 campaign for creating this video and for building awareness to bringing an end to marriage discrimination once and for all,” Solomon said.

Freedom to Marry kicked off its Say I Do campaign in March with an Open Letter to the President signed by a diverse set of VIPs and open to Americans from every walk of life to sign.  Since then, more than 115,000 Americans have signed onto the campaign.  The letter calls for “clarity from the President” and urges him to “join us and the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry.”  To read the full text of the letter, click here.  

Signers to the letter include Caroline Kennedy; actors Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, Eric McCormack, Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and Verne Troyer; television host Ellen Degeneres and actor Portia Degeneres; Bravo’s Andy Cohen; musicians Melissa Etheridge, Mya, LeAnn Rimes, and Rufus Wainwright; high-tech entrepreneurs Jack Dorsey (creator of Twitter), Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook), Sean Parker (co-founder of Napster), and Mark Pincus (co-founder of Zynga); media/entertainment execs David Geffen (co-founder of Dreamworks SKG) and Bob Wright (former chairman and CEO of NBC Universal); NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita; playwright Tony Kushner; civil rights icons Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP, and Helen Fabela Chavez (widow of Cesar Chavez and founder of Cesar E. Chavez Foundation); and Rev. Peter Morales (president, Unitarian Universalist Association ).  For a full list of original signers, click here.  

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.