What does marriage mean to you? Basic Rights Oregon wants you to start thinking out loud.
Last night, the video above – the first of BRO’s advertising campaign – ran during Glee. (Want to see more? Check out BRO’s LoveCommitmentMarriage website for all of their videos.) These ads are part of a major, state-wide campaign designed to open up dialogue about the freedom to marry.
Research shows that people who have talked to their friends about why marriage matters are twice as likely to support the freedom to marry. That means that open conversations are the key to promoting marriage equality. And right now, 1 in 5 Oregonians say they have no idea why GLBTQ couples want to get married. It’s important to promote the understanding that committed couples, whether gay or straight, hope to marry for similar reasons – to make a lifetime promise to share their joys and sorrows and all that life brings them.
These ads are the first step of that conversation. They share personal stories of shared values of fairness and treating others the way we would want to be treated. The next step? That’s where you come in.
Go start a conversation, share the videos online, and tell your own story! Check out other ways to get involved at www.lovecommitmentmarriage.org
You can also check out our Marriage Equality priorities page for some background info on the campaign.