Actress Marcia Gay Harden records Mother's Day message in support of LGBTQ rights bill

Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden recorded a Mother’s Day message for the Human Rights Campaign urging the passage of a sweeping LGBTQ rights bill.

In the clip, Harden, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Pollock,” urges the passage of the Equality Act. “Over half of LGBT people live in states where they are not protected,” Harden says in the clip. “That makes me think about my son, who is part of the LGBT community, and I would never in a second think that he should not have the same rights that his twin sister does, who is not gay.”


Harden goes on to call the lack of equal protection “abominable,” and urges viewers to support the legislation, saying “it would make me feel like my son would be represented.”

The Equality Act passed the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month in a 22-10 party line vote. The bill would ban discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in several areas, including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit and the jury system. HRC has been one of the primary lobbyists for the measure, along with the Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of about 200 companies.

“The ability to have a job, to receive medical care or to rent a home should not depend on who someone is or where they live,” House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerAndrew Cuomo attorney says AG investigation was 'shoddy,' outcome was 'predetermined' Democrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6  The Memo: Nation's racial reckoning plays out in 2021's big trials MORE (D-N.Y.) said on May 1. “And it certainly should not depend on who they love,”