Openly gay actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson has joined the fight for marriage equality in his adopted homestate of New York.
Ferguson — who moved to the City That Never Sleeps to attend acting school in the ’90s — is part of a new internet campaign calling for same-sex marriage to be made legal in The Empire State. A bid to approve gay marriage failed in New York in 2009, a setback which inspired the Fight Back New York campaign, an initiative to vote out all state senators who have voted against marriage equality.
In the online PSA, Jesse talks about how great it is that Proposition 8 was recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. He then admits to harboring a secret mancrush on actor Alec Baldwin, but quickly adds that even if his love was requited, the men would be unable to wed because 38 politicians voted against gay marriage legislation in New York.
“We can’t get married in New York. And you want to know why? Because a bunch of stupid senators last year voted against my rights and the rights of hundreds of thousands of others who just want to marry the person that they love! Yeah… it’s ridiculous.”
Jesse plays one-half of a gay couple raising a daughter on the critically-acclaimed ABC comedy Modern Family.