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New York Ranger Sean Avery Supports NY Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

New York Ranger Sean Avery Supports NY Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

New York Rangers player Sean Avery has recorded a video message in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in New York as part of the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality drive.

Watch the video below:

HRC Senior New York Strategist Brian Ellner commented on Avery’s involvement, saying: “Sean Avery knows what it means to be a leader – on and off the ice. As the first professional athlete in the state to publicly support marriage equality, his voice is sure to resonate. Like a majority of New Yorkers, he believes in the freedom of all loving, committed couples to marry.”

Former president Bill Clinton has also thrown his support behind an initiative to make New York the sixth state to legalize marriage equality. More on that here.

Polls suggest that more New Yorkers than ever support marriage equality at some 58%. Read more on that here.

Recently, a host of CEOs penned a letter to lawmakers saying that marriage equality was good business sense and that it would be extremely damaging should New York be left behind. Read more here.

Legislators are expected to take up a marriage equality bill in the next few weeks.

For previous coverage of marriage equality efforts in New York, please click here.

 

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8:57PM PDT on May 11, 2011

There is something seriously wrong mentally with Sean Avery

7:20AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Someone needs to update this, because Avery's agent, Todd Andrews, is thinking about dropping Avery as a client, and has said, in a article that was posted on ESPN, that Avery's view points did not reflect his, and that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Avery has said he is now looking for a new agent to represent him.

4:23AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:36PM PDT on May 10, 2011

Bette

His opinion carries weight because he is putting his reputation, job, and income on the line by taking an unpopular (for a sports player) stance.

The rest of us don't worry about repercussions, we just talk on.

12:20PM PDT on May 10, 2011

Good grief Americans! Because a sport player makes a speech about marriage equality this somehow carries weight? To whom does this apply? One would wonder why on earth the opinion of a major sports player matters at all...if not for the reality of a video clip I would say this statement is a joke! I am not saying his words do not matter, I am saying they should not matter in such a way that makes this so incredibly news worthy.

11:42AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Thanks.

10:38AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Thank you, Sean Avery !

8:00AM PDT on May 10, 2011

tks

7:08AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Clarence,

More creative history. When I read posts like yours, my eyes see the words, but my brain translates them into "blah, blah, blah, blah.

6:59AM PDT on May 10, 2011

The real marriage equality is that Father and Mother are treated equally by law, courts, and social services. That's why every state must legislate Presumptive Equal Parenting.
This other stuff is not about marriage equality as biologically they cannot marry. They can live together as they wish, but they will never be "married" as all societies throughout history have taught us.

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