Morgan Freeman narrates ad touting same-sex marriage victories
November 25th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
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Morgan Freeman narrates ad touting same-sex marriage victories

(CNN) – One of Hollywood's most recognizable voices has been put to use narrating a spot marking Election Day achievements for proponents of same-sex marriage.

Morgan Freeman narrates the spot for the Human Rights Campaign, which asserts the ballot box victories in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington State have provided a nationwide "mandate for full equality."

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"America stands at the dawn of a new day," Freeman says in the ad, which the group said would air nationwide beginning Sunday. "Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey toward a more perfect union. Now across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love."

Voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland passed ballot measures on November 6 affirming the legality of same-sex marriage, while in Minnesota voters rejected a ban on those unions.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether to hear oral arguments on cases challenging the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which passed with overwhelming support in 1996 and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The act defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.

"This year proved to be a pivotal turning point in the movement for marriage equality and now we press onward with renewed vigor and public opinion squarely on our side," HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "As we continue the march toward full equality in legislatures and the courts, it is crystal clear that the prospect of an equal future is no longer up for debate; the question now is how soon it will arrive."

Freeman is no stranger to narrating ads for politicians and causes - the Oscar winner narrated a spot for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in October that detailed the incumbent's first-term accomplishments. It ran heavily in battleground states.

Freeman also donated $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA, writing in part that the president "has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court."

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Namebettie

    I think the gay community should have the right to marry whomever they want. It's about time for America to recognize this right.

    November 25, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Mr. Freeman has long been one of my favorite actors; awesome that he's lending his voice to this worthy cause!

    November 25, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. cwt

    mr morgan is one fine man,, and ive never emailed or written anyone ever.. this is my first for you mr freeman. thank you for being so Bold.

    November 25, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. fernace

    The truth is that it's already legal for same s.ex couples to have the same rights as straight couples, per our const.itution! Making laws that block/ban equality are what's illegal! People are not forced to agree or partake, as it's also our right to be bigoted & prejudiced! The bottom line is that gays have lived among us since human life began on this planet & it's simply wrong to exclude, marginalize & demonize them! It's been going on too long & finally a large number of Americans are seeing the truth of human rights! Kudos to states who's citizens are on the right side of history! We're moving Forward!!

    November 25, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Liz the First

    Even more reason to love this incredibly gifted and decent man. i rejoiced in the victories for gay marriage in these states. it's nice to see voters deciding that gay people are human beings and citizens of a free, secular country, entitled to the same basic human rights as everyone else. but i don't believe people should be voting on others' basic rights. they shouldn't have to. these rights are self-evident. (sound familiar?) republicans are such hypocrites when they talk about liberty and freedom. they only believe in the freedom to do what they think is ok.

    November 25, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Good for Morgan. Last I heard, the nation still recognizes freedom of speech.

    November 25, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Actors do lots of things, for money.

    November 25, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. amajorpain

    Well.

    I guess this argument is over ...?

    Mr. Freeman is ...ummm ...confused?

    Yall have a nice day

    November 25, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Name harvey lowery. what has happened morgan freeman do you not remember the words of the living god he will not give his glory to men with men wake up

    What has happened to Morgan Freeman do you not remeber the Wired of fue living god he will not vive his glory to Men laying with Men

    November 26, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  10. wjmccartan

    So what's up with looking for comments about this, if its a story then its a story about two men, or two women who have been granted rights, that already exist in the constitution. If you are changing the constitution now that would be a story.

    November 26, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  11. Marie MD

    It's not the sex but the person who makes a good parent. I know plenty of straight couples whose children are completgely out of control and nobody wants them around. We know two women who have a boy and a girl and they are not only the best parents and have taught their children manners and just plain common sense.

    November 26, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  12. Frank - FL

    First CNN helps get Obama re-elected by slanting their coverage and rigging a debate. Now you seem to be concentrating on same-sex marriage.
    Wonder why your programs are no longer winning their time-slots????

    November 26, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. Pippa

    Geeze, CNN, this article is ALL about Morgan Freeman:-)!

    November 26, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |