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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk voices his support for marriage equality

As many states throughout the nation continue to fight for marriage equality, the Human Rights Campaign has re-launched its Americans for Marriage Equality video campaign. On Thursday, HRC released a new video in their series of ads featuring celebrities and recognized public figures. This latest video features professional skateboarder and CEO Tony Hawk, who urge viewers to follow their hearts and continue efforts “until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right.”

Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Hawk joins celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Bryan Cranston, Jason Mraz, Matthew Morrison and Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon as those who have showed their support in videos. Each person reaches a different aspect of the audience, which is why Tony Hawk’s involvement is important.

HRC’s Charlie Joughin said in a statement, “Like most Americans, Tony Hawk knows that all families deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and equality under the law. We are incredibly grateful to Tony for speaking out in favor of marriage equality, and lending his voice to HRC’s fight for fairness nationwide.”

The Americans for Marriage Equality campaign was established to advance marriage equality nationwide and has serves as an information station for lawmakers, legal experts, media, and grassroots supporters to obtain up-to-the-minute information regarding marriage equality issues. Currently, same-sex couples can legally marry in nineteen states and the District of Columbia. As many states have overturned state bans on gay marriage as unconstitutional, that number can soon grow once appeals cases are heard and eventually a decision is handed down on the Supreme Court level.

As one of the most recognized sports figures in the world, the 46-year-old Hawk uses his success and influence to inspire young people to follow their heart and their dreams. He launched the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2002 to help achieve that goal. In the video, he uses the same message of following your heart to urge viewers to join him in the fight for marriage equality. As Tony Hawk says in the video, “we all deserve to follow our hearts.”

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