Reverend Al Sharpton has made a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality drive.
In the video, Sharpton says that as a baptist minister he doesn’t have the right to “impose his beliefs” on anyone else, and so if gay and lesbian couples want to marry “that’s their business.”
Watch it below:
“Al Sharpton has always fought against discrimination, even in the face of adversity,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. ”And while the fight for marriage equality won’t be easy, fairness and equality for gay and lesbian couples will ultimately prevail.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton is a Baptist minister and longtime civil rights activist. In 2004, he campaigned for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, and spoke out in favor of marriage equality at an HRC Presidential Forum moderated by ABC News. ”[Asking me if I support gay marriage] is like asking me if I support black marriage or white marriage. The inference of the question is that gays are not human beings and cannot make a decision like other human beings.” Sharpton’s National Action Network has been successful in increasing voter education, providing services to those in poverty, and supporting small community businesses. Presently he is the host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation.
Previous offerings in this campaign come from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, civil rights legend Julian Bond, Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, acclaimed Broadway playwright Katori Hall, American footballer Scott Fujita, and The Good Wife’s Josh Charles, among several others.
This follows HRC’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series that ran last year in the run-up to New York legalizing marriage equality.
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