Anna Wintour Speaks Out for Marriage Equality

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour appears in a video with the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – for its “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” campaign.

In the video, Wintour is clear and straight-forward with her powerful message: “As far as I’m concerned, having the right to say ‘I Do’ is as fundamental as the right to vote.” The campaign, which raises the public profile of marriage equality in New York, can be viewed online at www.hrc.org/NY4marriage.

“Ms. Wintour is a no-nonsense perfectionist who embraces basic fairness with her trademark elegance and humanity,” said HRC Senior New York Strategist Brian Ellner.  “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.”

A recent poll released by the Siena Research Institute shows public opinion continues to trend toward marriage equality in New York State with a record high of 58 percent support and a record low of 36 percent opposition.

Considered to be the most powerful woman in fashion, Anna Wintour has served as American Vogue’s editor-in-chief since 1988.  She is also the subject of the 2009 documentary film “The September Issue” which follows Wintour and her staff through the production of the September 2007 issue of Vogue.   She is known for her support of young designers, and admired for her keen eye for new fashion trends.

The New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign is centered on video testimonials from New Yorkers who support the right of same-sex couples to marry. To date, HRC has released videos from Anna Wintour, Larry King, Sean Avery, Julianna Margulies, Bill T. Jones, Sam Waterston, Christopher Meloni, Mario Batali, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Lucy Liu, Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, Russell Simmons, Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo, John Slattery, Joan Rivers, Barbara Bush, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher, Moby, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole – with more to follow in the coming weeks.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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