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The Single Best Ad for Marriage Equality in Recent Memory, Created by One Guy Who Cares in Minneapolis

Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win some hearts and minds. Powerful, smart, beautiful, and compelling. Can we get this on the televisions, please?

Nate Maydole created the video in response to all the anti-gay rhetoric flying around right now in Minnesota. He had some powerful inspiration: his close friend Madeline Koch, the Republican Minneapolan whose powerful pro-equality testimony moved many of us to tears a few weeks ago.

After Madeline’s testimony, Nate turned to his trusty After Effects and Final Cut Pro to create one of the most compelling commercials for equality we’ve ever seen.

In fact, we were so impressed that we tracked Nate down to ask him a couple of questions. And as it turns out, he’s got quite a few awesome video projects under his belt.

Check out the details after the jump — and here’s hoping that his excellent work will inspire more videos to come.

By:           matt baume
On:           May 23, 2011
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  • 11 Comments
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      Former Governor Minnesota Ventura Supports Marriage Equality.

      Look up the video: Jesse Ventura Supports Gays’? Equal Rights

      May 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      Former Governor Minnesota Ventura Supports Marriage Equality.

      Look up the video: Jesse Ventura Supports Gays? Equal Rights

      May 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      @jeff4justice: I don’t know why the computer added the question mark.

      May 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheRealAdam
      TheRealAdam

      Wonderful. We need a serious tone to this debate. The kind of light-hearted, celebrity-filled ads against Prop 8 in California didn’t really do the seriousness of the issue much justice.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TMikel
      TMikel

      This should appear on national TV, not Fox – they obviously would not run it – they are all about dividing us. As people, most importantly politicians, age and die, the younger Americans will support marriage equality.

      May 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DLA
      DLA

      Not bad, but it needed to show the faces of the people who were talking and not just words across a white screen. Plus cut it down to a minute or so and more people would watch it.

      May 24, 2011 at 5:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Finally! An ad that isn’t people submissively begging to be liked with the overall tone of “See, we aren’t too scary.”

      Very nice ad. Is there a place collecting donations to help them run it we can contribute to?

      May 24, 2011 at 7:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      Really, this is the best?

      Its eyeopening to me that those like Queerty blanket all the efforts of the many people and organizations that have come to support same-sex marriage as big “fail” yet they fail to recognize that those efforts are making the difference as percentage after percentage of Americans move from anti-same-sex marriage to pro-same-sex marriage.

      For me, I will simply add Nate’s video to all the other efforts, the multi-faceted efforts of different ideas and personal efforts to fight the fight. Its always good to have more and more support and I greatly appreciate that along with all the other sincere efforts.

      No need to denounce others’ efforts; be happy for all those who actually make the effort to make the difference.

      May 24, 2011 at 10:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Giselle
      Giselle

      This is very good. I wish more people got to see it.

      May 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore
      Rob Moore

      It is a good ad for radio, but maybe not so much for television. One of the best videos for opposing this amendment is the speech by a Republican representative and veteran of Iraq in opposition to this amendment. I liked his speech as much or more than the speech given by a Democratic representative; the one who said how many gay people does god have to create before we realise he really wants them here.

      May 25, 2011 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • anser ijaz
      anser ijaz

      i want to add for marriage

      Feb 25, 2012 at 7:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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