Tuesday Why Marriage Matters Ohio, the statewide campaign building support for marriage equality, released the first television ad on marriage equality since Ohio enacted its marriage ban 10 years ago.
“Attitudes in Ohio and across the country are changing fast as communities are coming together to have very serious conversations about the meaning of family, fairness and the future,” said Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio. “Our hope is that sharing Henry and George’s story of love and commitment will accelerate those conversations and further increase support for marriage equality in Ohio.”
The ad features Henry and George, who were married last October in New York after 50 years together. Their story is the first in a series of stories highlighting the broad-based support for marriage equality in Ohio. Additional stories will be featured on Why Marriage Matters Ohio’s website and social media platforms.
“The reason support for marriage equality is increasing so dramatically is because of the compelling stories from couples like Henry and George,” said Premo. “As people come to understand through our public education campaign that marriage equality is about love and commitment, more people will support giving all couples the freedom to marry.”
The ad will run in markets across the state from July 30 to August 6. On August 5, Why Marriage Matters Ohio will host a rally in support of marriage equality in Cincinnati at 5:30 p.m. in Lytle Park. Details of the event are available here.
Why Marriage Matters Ohio was launched in September 2013 by the Equality Ohio Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio, and national organizations Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. It is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio. The campaign is about having conversations and sharing stories, showing that same-sex couples and their families should be welcomed and treated fairly in Ohio.