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Moving Marriage Equality Ad Launched in Ireland

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Ireland Marriage Equality Ad

Want something to wash away some of that sadness and cynicism? Check out the new marriage equality ad out of Ireland.

Pink News reports:

A moving advert has been released as part of a voter registration campaign ahead of next year’s referendum on equal marriage. The Republic of Ireland, which introduced civil partnerships in 2011, is set to vote next May on extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, with early polls suggesting a landslide victory for equality. However, referendums have a history of unpredictability in the country, due to a combination of low turnouts and powerful religious lobbies.

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New Starbucks Ad Stars Adore and Bianca

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Starbucks adOK, this one’s just for fun, to cleanse your palate. reports:

Drag Race stars Adore Delano and Bianca del Rio come to a peace accord with the help of a couple of skinny lattes in a new advertising collaboration between Starbucks and Canada’s OUTTV.


New Ohio Marriage Equality Ad to Air

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

OhioFor the first time in a decade, a new Ohio marriage equality ad will air in the state.

ABC6 reports:

Starting Wednesday an ad supporting gay marriage will begin running statewide. The TV spot tells the story of George and Henry – they’re two Ohioans who have been together fifty years. Although their marriage license says New York, here’s how the commercial ends: “Hopefully, Ohio will be next.” Next week, a huge rally will be held in Cincinnati. Mike Premo, of Why Marriage Matters Ohio told ABC 6, “We’re expecting a really big turnout. It’s going to be a historic day.” The rally will be held the night before a federal court hears gay marriage cases from four states.

It won’t be long now, Ohio.

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Italy Gets a Gay-Themed Pasta Commercial

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Findus Pasta adIn the wake of Barilla’s CEO saying they would never use gays or lesbians in their ads, another Italian pasta company has released a gay-themed pasta commercial.

Gay Star News reports:

Ten months after the head of the Barilla pasta company said his company would never use gay or lesbian people to promote its brand another Italian pasta company has done just that. A new ad by Findus Italia pastas released this month features a son coming out to his mother over pasta but it turns out that she already knew.

The commercial features gay son ‘Luca’ who is hosting a dinner party for his mom with his ‘flatmate’ Gianni. After wowing his mother with his culinary skills Luca tells his mother, ‘Mum, there is another little surprise: Gianni isn’t only my flatmate, he’s my partner.’ She replies, ‘My darling, I already got that,’ touching his hand.

Very cool, and a start at changing minds in Italy.

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USA, Utah: New Ad Released for Marriage Equality

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Utah Gay SonFreedom to Marry and Utah United for Marriage just released a new ad featuring straight parents and their gay son.

On Top Magazine reports:

In the 30-second commercial, Drs. Wendy Matis and Dale Smith of Millcreek, who are celebrating 25 years of marriage, speak about their desire for their two children to marry, including son Sean, who is gay. “We always wanted our children to feel like their family was there for them,” Dr. Matis says. “We want Sean to have what we have – a happy marriage. The three weeks when marriage was legal here, we felt just as good as everyone else.”

It’s great to see these commercials airing in such red states.

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USA, Oregon: First Ad Released to Fight Anti Gay Ballot Measure

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Kathleen SaadatOregon United for Marriage released their first ad to fight a pending “religious freedom” ballot initiative.

The Advocate reports:

Similar in tone and scope to Arizona’s vetoed “license to discriminate” bill and other “religious freedom” protection laws recently enacted in Mississippi and Tennessee, Oregon’s Initiative Petition 52 specifically mentions same-sex marriages and civil unions, whereas laws in other states only alluded to the target audience that would be discriminated against. The bill would essentially create a broad, categorical exemption to the state’s existing nondiscrimination law, which prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, and a number of other characteristics…

[OUFM] came out swinging today with its first TV ad, slated to air across the state in opposition to the “license to discriminate” initiative. Featuring renowned civil rights activist Kathleen Saadat, the 30-second spot compares Oregon’s Initiative Petition 52 to Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation and similarly racist policies that allowed employers to hire only white people, placing infamous signs reading “Whites Only.”

Hopefully they won’t be able to gather enough signatures to get it on te ballot in the first place.

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USA, Utah: Tenth Circuit to Hear Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Today is the day the first of the new marriage equality lawsuits reaches a district court.

Ari Ezra Waldman has a few things to look for at today’s hearing:

1. Will the court issue a ruling as broad as Judge Shelby’s or limit it in some way?

2. What, if anything, does the court say about the required level of scrutiny in antigay discrimination cases?

3. Will the political backgrounds of the judges play a role in their decision making?

Lisa Keen has a detailed look at the trial and its participants.

Towleroad reports:

The judges: The three-judge panel tasked with hearing the appeal includes two Republican and one Democratic appointee. Judge Paul Kelly (an appointee of President George H.W. Bush) is considered conservative. Judge Carlos Lucero (a Clinton appointee) is considered liberal. But both judges voted with the majority at the Tenth Circuit in the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. They said the owners of the retail store were allowed, under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment free exercise clause, to cite their religious beliefs in order to deny contraceptive services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Judge Jerome Holmes (a George W. Bush appointee) is the wild card. He was recused from the Hobby Lobby case. He was one of two judges in the Tenth Circuit to deny an emergency request from the state of Utah to stay a district court decision pending appeal. They said a stay was “not warranted.”

Tenth Circuit LawsuitsHRC has a map and recap of the marriage equality cases pending before the 10th Circuit:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Presently there are at least seven marriage equality cases in states within the Tenth Circuit that ban marriage equality. Some of the cases were filed in state courts, while the others were filed in federal courts. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on December 19, 2013, that same-sex couples in the state had the right to marry. The decision took effect immediately.

Meanwhile, the state just threw Mark Regnerus and his flawed gay parenting study under the bus in a last-minute brief. reports:

First, we wish to emphasize the very limited relevance to this case of the comparison addressed by Professor Regnerus. As the State’s briefing makes clear, the State’s principal concern is the potential long-term impact of a redefinition of marriage on the children of heterosexual parents. The debate over man-woman versus same-sex parenting has little if any bearing on that issue, given that being raised in a same-sex household would normally not be one of the alternatives available to children of heterosexual parents.

Second, on the limited issue addressed by the Regnerus study, the State wishes to be clear about what that study (in the State’s view) does and does not establish. The Regnerus study did not examine as its sole focus the outcomes of children raised in same-sex households but, because of sample limitations inherent in the field of study at this point, examined primarily children who acknowledged having a parent who had engaged in a same-sex relationship. Thus, the Regnerus study cannot be viewed as conclusively establishing that raising a child in a same-sex household produces outcomes that are inferior to those produced by man-woman parenting arrangements.


Finally, a Mormon couple with a gay son is defying the church by being featured in an ad for marriage equality. reports:

A Utah Mormon couple with a gay son (below), four other kids, and 18 grandchildren pushes for marriage equality in a new ad campaign airing this week as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Will the Utah case be the next to reach the US Supreme Court?

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USA, Hawaii: Details On Next Week’s Special Session for Marriage Equality

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

HawaiiSome details are beginning to emerge on the special session next week to pass the marriage equality bill in Hawaii.

Equality on Trial reports:

The bill was officially filed on Tuesday, October 22, and will be introduced Monday: The “Hawai’i Marriage Equality Act of 2013″ bill was officially filed Tuesday. Senate officials confirm they will introduce the bill next week Monday, October 28 at the start of the same-sex marriage special session. Senator Clayton Hee says the first public hearing is scheduled before the Judiciary and Labor committee, which he chairs, on Monday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the State Capitol auditorium. Hee says testimony will be limited to 2 minutes a person, in an effort to accommodate everyone who wishes to address lawmakers.

The bill is scheduled to get its first reading in the House on the 31st. As we mentioned before, if it passes, couples in the state may begin to marry as early as November 18th. Equality on Trial also notes that the lawsuit in Hawaii has been put on hold until November 22nd, pending the vote of the legislature.

In the meantime, The National Organization for Marriage is getting busy with their own anti-gay marriage ad.

Towleroad reports:

In anticipation of Governor Neil Abercrombie’s plan to call a special session for a marriage equality bill, the National Organization for Marriage has rolled out a new Hawaiian ad in the hopes of “preserving the traditions of our island ohana.” Ohana, as you might recall from Lilo & Stitch, means “family”.

USA: Log Cabin Slams the Republican Party

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

LOGCABIN_AD_ARTICLEPAGEX400DEEPThe Log Cabin republicans slammed the GOP in a new ad over the party’s abysmal record on LGBT issues. The Advocate reports:

Evoking GOP patron saint Ronald Reagan’s infamous “big tent” imagery, the ad reads, “Reagan’s big tent isn’t what it used to be. If the Republican Party wants to win future elections and set this country back on sound financial footing, it must put an end to its obsession with opposing equal rights for LGBT Americans.” The ad concludes with an ominous indictment: “If you don’t make the tent bigger, you might as well fold it up and go home.”

Will the party listen? Not bloody likely.

Oregon, USA: First Marriage Equality Ad Released in State

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

you tube bigThe campaign to win marriage equality in Oregon was kicked off today when Organ United for Marriage released its first video. On Top Magazine reports:

In the opening scenes of the 4-minute video produced by Oregon United For Marriage, Paul Rummell and Ben West sit side by side on a couch in their home. Paul says he grew up in a “very traditional Catholic family.” “[A]nd not very hospitable toward gays, for sure,” he says with a frown. “I grew up in North Portland,” says Ben. “And I grew up in a very evangelical conservative fundamentalist home.”

Oregon United for Marriage is busily collecting signatures to put the issue before voters in November, 2014.

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