Larry King Supports the Freedom to Marry

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


For the past few months, the NOH8 Campaign has been helping the Freedom to Marry in promoting the organization's Letter to Barack Obama, urging him to come forward in support of the freedom to marry for all couples regardless of sexual orientation.

With the recent victory for marriage equality in New York, it's important now more than ever for President Obama to publicly support equal marriage rights.

NOH8 has been working hard on a new PSA to help get the word out about the Letter, and we were so fortunate to have iconic television and radio host Larry King join the NOH8 Campaign at a time when he was able to participate in the PSA as well.

While we're still in post-production, we wanted to share Larry King's photo in hopes it would help raise more support for the Letter to the President.

The letter has been signed by a variety of familiar faces including Natalie Portman, Eric McCormack, Anne Hathaway, Scott Fujita, Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, and Martin Sheen, along with NOH8 Supporters Lance Bass, Jane Lynch, and Andy Cohen (pictured below).

Please take a moment to read the letter - included below for your convenience - and head over to the Freedom to Marry's "I Do" landing page to join nearly 114,000 people in signing the Letter to President Obama.


The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

In February, you made a powerful statement about the law.

Invoking guarantees enshrined in the Constitution, you and the Attorney General determined that federal discrimination against gay and lesbian couples in marriage is unconstitutional. Thank you for taking a principled stance and an important step toward equal protection under the law for all Americans.

Today we ask you to take the next step and join the majority of Americans who support allowing loving and committed gay and lesbian couples to legally marry.

Mr. President, marriage matters. In law, in love, in life, marriage says "we are family" in a way that nothing else does. Marriage is the coming together of two lives, marked by a public promise of love and responsibility in front of friends and family. And marriage brings not only public respect and personal significance, but also a safety net of legal protections, rights, and responsibilities for which there is no substitute.

Like so many Americans, you have spoken of your personal journey toward support for the freedom to marry. You have talked about the gay and lesbian people in your life, their commitment to each other and care for their kids, and their families that aren't so different from any other family.

We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day. Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again today. With so many Americans talking it through in heartfelt conversations, it is a question that calls for clarity from the President.

You can offer hope to millions of young gay and lesbian Americans who are facing discrimination. You can tell them that their future is bright, that they, too, will be able to grow up and marry the person that they love, that the pursuit of happiness truly belongs to all of us. You can put government on the side of those seeking to care for their loved ones, instead of those standing in their way. You can affirm that for all of us, gay or non-gay, love is love and commitment counts— and that we Americans should treat others as we all want to be treated.

Mr. President, the time to end exclusion from marriage is now. We ask you to complete your journey and join us and the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry.

Brendon Ayanbadejo Lance Bass Sara Bareilles
Dustin Lance Black Julian Bond Helen Fabela Chavez
Andy Cohen Ellen & Portia DeGeneres Jack Dorsey
Melissa Etheridge Scott Fujita David Geffen
Anne Hathaway Chris Hughes & Sean     Eldridge Tony Kushner & Mark Harris
Caroline Kennedy Larry King Cyndi Lauper
Bret Lockett Jane Lynch & Lara Embry Eric McCormack
Rev. Peter Morales Mya Sean Parker
Mark Pincus Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied LeAnn Rimes
Martin Sheen Frank Selvaggi & Bill Shea Rev. William Sinkford
Trina Verne Troyer Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner
Zach Wahls Rufus Wainwright Evan Wolfson
Bob Wright & Suzanne Wright



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