Al Franken has a solid record as a supporter of gay rights, from his vocal support of gay marriage to voting for and sometimes authoring GLBT-friendly legislation. Now Franken has joined 12 other U.S. Senators in recording an "It Gets Better" video.
The lawmakers are only the latest big names to join Dan Savage's compelling video campaign.[jump]
Savage started the campaign last September in response to the suicide of Billy Lucas, a gay teen who'd been bullied in high school. Since then, dozens of celebrities have recorded "It Gets Better" clips, from President Barack Obama to Paris Hilton. Earlier this month, Savage received a Special Achievement Award at the Webbys for the project, which has thrived on YouTube.
Franken and the other dozen senators, all of them Democrats, are among the 25 co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which created the federal definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"In the adult world, people are really valued for their talents, their uniqueness," Franken says in the video. "The very thing that people got harassed for in high school is the very thing people love about a person."
The Twins recently announced that they were thinking about filming an "It Gets Better" spot, though they've not committed to the project. And in May, Dan Savage himself dared Tim Pawlenty, among other conservative politicians, to participate. So far, no word back from T-Paw.
Franken's "It Gets Better" can be seen below.