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Video series promotes marriage equality laws in battleground states

The Four 2012 and New Left Media are hoping that introducing viewers to some real-life gay couples will swing the vote in favor of marriage equality in four states.


Jordan Valinsky


Posted on Oct 4, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 10:00 am CDT

Gay couples from four battleground states are front-and-center in a new video series promoting marriage equality laws.

In November, residents of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington will vote on whether to support same-sex marriage. Marriage for All Families, a video series that debuted Tuesday on YouTube, hopes to persuade people to support the issue.

Created by The Four 2012 and New Left Media, the four-video series will focus on gay couples in each of the four states with marriage laws on the ballot. The series aim is to highlight that gay couples’ problems, challenges and responsibilities don’t differ from those of heterosexual couples, yet the government views them differently.

“That’s why marriage equality is so important: it aligns personality reality with legal reality, as simple matter of fairness and equality,” explained a blog post on the Four 2012’s Tumblr.

The first ad focuses on the stories of two gay couples and a straight volunteer in Maine. The first pair we’re introduced to is Annie and Meredith, a pizza-loving, personable lesbian couple who have been together for more than a third of their lives.

We also meet Mick, a straight volunteer who reminds us he has a girlfriend and spends a lot of his day walking aimlessly down a trail looking for support. Then there is Jim and Steve, everyone’s favorite bickering gay couple who claim they’ve lived in the woods for 30 years (in Maine, that’s not out of the realm of possibility).

The second video debuts Oct. 9.

Photo via NewLeftMedia/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2012, 12:51 pm CDT