Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is the latest prominent New Yorker to join the Human Rights Campaign's video series for marriage equality.
The fashion institution, widely believed to be the inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada, positions marriage equality as a fundamental right akin to the right to the vote in the new 30-second spot.
"As far as I'm concerned, having the right to say 'I Do' is as fundamental as the right to vote," says the British-born Wintour, who has presided over American Vogue since 1988.
"Ms. Wintour is a no-nonsense perfectionist who embraces basic fairness with her trademark elegance and humanity," said Brian Ellner, senior strategist for HRC in New York. "As the preeminent voice in the global fashion industry and a publishing icon, Anna Wintour represents the best of New York. She knows the difference between a passing fad and an enduring brand. Equality is part of the New York brand."
Marriage equality advocates are seeking to label New York as a tolerant and welcoming global capital as they push for lawmakers to pass a bill by June. In recent weeks, Wall Street leaders have lobbied for marriage equality on the basis of keeping the state competitive, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is lobbying for the bill in Albany today, plans to deliver a speech on marriage equality next week expected to include themes of fairness and freedom.
The New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign, which has appeared online and on the city's Taxi TV, features prominent New Yorkers to move viewers to lobby their state lawmakers. Other videos in the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign so far have included Barbara Bush, daughter of former president George W. Bush; New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; former mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins; former police commissioner Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; Joan Rivers; Whoopi Goldberg; Lucy Liu; Larry King; Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon; Russell Simmons; Bill T. Jones; Julianne Moore; Ethan and Ryan Hawke; Sean Avery; Christopher Meloni; Moby; Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell; Fran Drescher; Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo; chefs Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio; Julianna Margulies and husband Keith Lieberthal; Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe; Kenneth Cole; John Slattery; and Daphne Rubin-Vega.