Thursday Southerners for the Freedom to Marry released a web ad featuring Mississippi-born musician Lance Bass and his fiancé Michael Turchin about their support for marriage for same-sex couples. The ad, the second in a series, is part of a $1 million campaign to grow majority support for marriage in the South. A March 5 poll by the Washington Post/ABC News shows a majority of people in South support marriage for same-sex couples, with 50 percent of Southerners in support and only 42 percent opposed.
In the video, Bass says: “We’re here; our feet are planted here in Mississippi, and we can tell you by experience that there’s tons of support down here. Growing up in the South and seeing how change is definitely happening down here way faster than I ever thought it would happen here, I think we have grown leaps and bounds…This is where we need to start taking it to the next level. We want to encourage everyone to be a part of Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.”
In February 2014, Freedom to Marry launched Southerners for the Freedom to Marry with a kickoff web ad featuring civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). The campaign is an effort that includes significant field and media work over the next year in partnership with supportive organizations across the region. The goal of the campaign is to move forward conversations about marriage for same-sex couples in the South.
A full list of bipartisan co-chairs is below:
• Alabama: State Representative Patricia Todd (D)
• Arkansas: TV producers Harry Thomason & Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan (D)
• Florida: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
• Georgia: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D), Rep. John Lewis (D)
• Mississippi: Lance Bass, musician and author
• North Carolina: Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt (D)
• South Carolina: Congressman James Clyburn (D)
• Texas: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D); Mark McKinnon, chief media advisor to President George W. Bush
• Virginia: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D)
The full video by Bass and Turchin can be viewed here and below.