Obama Campaigner On Gay Ad Efficiency

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Barack Obama suffered some blows in yesterday’s primaries. Hillary Clinton beat him in both Ohio and Texas, the states where Obama famously purchased gay ad space.

We asked Obama campaigner Stampp Corbin whether there’s any indication Obama’s ads swayed the gays.

Corbin, who co-chairs the Senator’s gay policy committee, acknowledges there’s still more work to be done, but highlights the “tremendous response” of the groundbreaking campaign:

By all accounts, the ads produced a tremendous response within the LGBT community. The historic nature of an ad buy with an LGBT specific message was felt from the heartland of Ohio to the inner cities of Houston, Austin and Dallas. The ads were reproduced for LGBT specific events, as well as emailed to tens of thousands of LGBT Americans throughout the nation. We were able to move many LGBT Americans to support Senator Obama and his message of equality for our community.

It remains unclear whether or not the Obama campaign will buy more space in Pennsylvania, but Corbin says it’s looking “likely”. Sales reps are standing by, we’re sure!

Read Corbin’s entire response, after the jump…

[Image via Obama’s Flickr page.]

From Stampp Corbin:
By all accounts, the ads produced a tremendous response within the LGBT community. The historic nature of an ad buy with an LGBT specific message was felt from the heartland of Ohio to the inner cities of Houston, Austin and Dallas. The ads were reproduced for LGBT specific events, as well as emailed to tens of thousands thousands of LGBT Americans throughout the nation. We were able to move many LGBT Americans to support Senator Obama and his message of equality for our community. Is there more work to do? Of course, but it will go in the annals of history that President Obama was the first to reach out to our community through LGBT specific media messaging and more importantly, to ensure equal rights for LGBT Americans.

While we are in this battle for the nomination, many in our community don’t understand the significant hurdle our community has overcome with the placement of these ads. History will be the judge and it will be remembered as a crucial step in equality for LGBT people in America and the formal acknowledgment of our community in the fabric of America.