It’s no secret that ads in support of gay marriage, more often than not, lack any actual gay people. The Four 2012, in association with New Leaf Productions, has come out with the first in a four part series that puts a decidedly human and gay face behind the debate for marriage equality. The Marriage for All Families series will profile same-sex couples in each of the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot in November: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
From The Four 2012 website:
Marriage For All Families captures the real experience of same-sex couples, to show that they have the same challenges, responsibilities, and aspirations as other couples. Still, they are strangers in the eyes of the law. That’s why marriage equality is so important: it aligns personality reality with legal reality, as a simple matter of fairness and equality.
The first ad takes us to Maine where we meet lesbian couple Annie and Meredith (together ten years, aka, a third of their lives) fedora-loving straight campaign volunteer Mick, and gay couple Jim and Steve, who are still going strong after more than 37 years – 27 of which were spent in the woods.
While everyone and their gay brother loves a firefighter, nothing sways hearts and minds like old gay couples, partly because old people sell like hotcakes. Betty White will be working years after she’s dead. And the second part of the Marriage for All Families series debuts on October 9.
That’s a great video. I’d like to see them get enough funding to slice it into some 30 second segments and put it on the air everywhere!
Nicely done. Kudos to The Four 2012 and New Leaf Productions.
Everyone is well aware of all the open relationships which kind of makes the marriage equality thing go somewhat down the tubes.
@Matt: Give me a flipping break! There are so many married couples with open relationships it’s not even funny – no one talks about it though – cuckolding relationships in straight marriages are very much out there. Epic fail in your comparison matt.
I should have said straight married couples as well as how about all those divorces Matt? How about all the men and women who cheat on their spouse?
I hate to say it but the current trend of showing straight people in support of marriage equality is the better tactic. I’m from Portland originally and Mainers – who are on the fence – are not going to swayed by stories about glbt couples who have have been together for x number of years. They’re going to respond to people they can relate to; Fathers, Mothers, etc… whose children/family members can’t get married. Hate to say it, but it’s the truth.
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