Lucy Liu joins the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality video series from the Human Rights Campaign.
“I was born in Jackson Heights, Queens,” says Liu in the 30-second video. “New York has always been about diversity and acceptance.”
The video campaign continues as New York state lawmakers are widely anticipated to consider the marriage equality bill again this spring. The bill failed in the senate in 2009, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo, strengthened by the passage of an on-time budget last week, has said he wants to see another vote by the end of the legislative session in June.
“With marriage equality on the horizon in New York, we are excited to add Lucy Liu’s voice to the list of high-profile New Yorkers in support of fairness,” said HRC president Joe Solmonese in a news release. “New York is poised to join the growing list of states that treat LGBT families equally under the law.”
Liu hails from Jackson Heights, the community formerly represented by the expelled Democratic state senator Hiram Monserrate, who was convicted of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend. Monserrate voted against the marriage equality bill and afterward was replaced by the pro-equality state senator, Jose Peralta. Other electoral defeats in which gay advocates played a role since 2009 have helped bring the number of confirmed yes votes for marriage equality to 26, but 32 votes are needed for the bill to pass the senate.
The New York state assembly has passed the marriage equality bill three times.