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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:43 AM

Million-Dollar Ad Campaign Aims For Bipartisan Marriage Equality Message


“None of us would want to be told we can't marry the person we love,” the Respect for Marriage Coalition's new TV ad states. Featured: President Obama, former Vice President Cheney, Colin Powell and Laura Bush

Chris Geidner
BuzzFeed Staff

WASHINGTON — A multimedia ad campaign pushing a bipartisan message of support for marriage equality is set to launch Wednesday, a $1 million effort of the Respect for Marriage Coalition — a combined group of LGBT, other civil rights and labor organizations.

"None of us would want to be told we can't marry the person we love. That's why a growing majority of Americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples," the Respect for Marriage Coalition's new television ad begins.

It then goes on to show a bipartisan group of national political figures — former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney and, finally, President Barack Obama — stating their support for the right of same-sex couples to marry.

A narrator concludes, "It's time for marriage."

In a news release announcing the ad, the coalition — which is led by the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry — states, "Against the backdrop of President Obama's historic comments about marriage rights in his inaugural address, freedom to marry legislation pending in a number of states, and two landmark marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Coalition is working to grow support for marriage rights for same-sex couples across the nation."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:10 PM

1. Some things do change.

Faith in humanity restored.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

2. I realize that the mistake is in the article, but Powell was Secretary of State,

and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but not Secretary of Defense.

That said, I hope this campaign helps.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:55 PM

3. Just the fact that we can do this nationally shows how much progress we've made

If this group had tried running the same ad 8 or so years ago then conservatives would have been quick to pounce on it and make it into some big scandal. Now it's no big deal and hardly even mentioned in the media.

Just goes to show that nationwide marriage equality is inevitable, sooner or later we'll win this fight nationally. Maybe sooner then we all think.

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