"Gay and lesbian couples, they believe in commitment, family and love."
That's the message Oscar-winning actress — and Maryland native — Mo'Nique puts forth in a new video posted today for the Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, a Human Rights Campaign initiative.
Mo'Nique, who was born in Woodlawn, is the latest local celebrity to show her support of marriage equality via video (Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was featured in a similar video last week.
"I believe since we’ve all been given free will, let’s use our will to let others be free,” says the Precious star and talk show host. "If you don’t believe me, did you happen to notice that all that’s being asked for is the right to be married, which ironically promotes commitment, family and love? Join me and support marriage equality. It’s the right thing to do."
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has pledged to pass marriage equality legislation in the state in the 2012 legislative session. According to the Advocate, the HRC is planning more videos like this, including Republicans for Marriage Equality, African-Americans for Marriage Equality and Latinos for Marriage Equality.