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New marriage ad in New Hampshire

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By Adam Bink

What do you think?


  • 1. 415kathleenk  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I like. From what i know of NH, this is exactly the right note to strike, right perspective. And its succinct and to the point about we want people to do- that makes it easier. Good for them for finding Republicans and straight people to do the talking.

  • 2. Alan_Eckert  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I thought it was decent. I don't know the mindset of New Hampshire citizens, but I am dubious as to how many minds it will change.

  • 3. Catherine E. Bell  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Short, pithy and very in keeping with New Hampshire's state motto and general orientation against government interference with personal freedom. Don't know if it'll change minds, but it may well galvanize those who lean with the 62% to go to the polls to preserve families, liberty and equality.

    Thumbs up and fingers crossed.

  • 4. Derek Williams  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    It's so nice to see people with nothing to gain personally from this, and quite a bit to lose, are chipping in to help.

  • 5. dsc77  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

    It's great. It shows regular New Hamsters and is probably only one of many more ads to come.

    I think the point is to do what Catherine has said- galvanize those who support the existing law as well as remind others in NH that theirs is not a Big Government state. The point of the Legislature is to do the will of the people who elected them

  • 6. Fr. Bill  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

    "Leave people alone" "Let people lead their own lives" are messages that will resound with people in New Hampshire. It isn't a state with a lot of Evangelicals and most Catholics will ignore the bishop. However, it is still straight people talking about gay people and doesn't put a face on gay folk who are our kids, brothers and sisters, neighbors, co-workers. It still plays into the us versus them mind set.

  • 7. Derek Williams  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Unfortunately, there's still a huge demographic out there who are utterly repulsed by the very idea of people being gay, who'll switch the channel if a gay person appears, and certainly don't listen. This is why it can be just as effective to have straight allies´╗┐ speaking up.

    For all we know, the failure of previous attempts may have been even bigger without straight support, and may be also due to other factors such as superior funding and wider coverage.

  • 8. Phil L  |  December 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I haven't watched the ad yet but can't help but to giggle at the still image of it. The choice of still frame was quite interesting.


  • 9. Sam_Handwich  |  December 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I like it much better than the two Maine ads posted here a few weeks ago. "Leave them alone!" is a great message … and no boring piano music in the background.

  • 10. dsc77  |  December 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    But how do we know that the two single people are not gay?

    In any case, the majority of people are straight. If this is the only ad, then this might be a problem, but I am sure that there will be more.

  • 11. dsc77  |  December 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Yes, it's good. But also remember, boring piano music is used to speak to those who like boring piano music.

  • 12. Sagesse  |  December 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

    To watch later.

  • 13. DaveP  |  December 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I think it's well done, but I'm one of the people who think that we CAN and SHOULD put at least one gay family in ads like this. For example, somewhere in the middle of the ad show a 30-something lesbian couple with their two kids, saying "don't let government hurt our family" and then move on to the next shot of a straight person. And at the end of the ad, show ALL of the people from the ad standing together, straight and gay, shoulder to shoulder, while we hear the final tag line.

    I think this approach gives the same message, but makes it more visually powerful and shows that this is not 'us versus them', or making it look like gays can't or shouldn't speak for themselves. Rather, it shows that 'we' are all on the same side and we are all in this together as one community, simply because equal rights are the right thing to do.

  • 14. DaveP  |  December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Yes. And as an added bonus, people who liked the the Youtube video with the Britnet Spears "leave her alone!!!" guy will probably like this one too :)

  • 15. grod  |  December 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    @dsc77 Boring or not, I again reviewed the two videos. Dave, if you have any influence on other videos, the music is more in the foreground than background. Its takes from the message. G

  • 16. Walter  |  December 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I agree with DaveP. Show gay parents and their children. Then, note that such laws attack gay parents and their children in an effort to destroy their families and destroy their parents' marriages. The religious right constantly perpetuates the theme that marriage equality will destroy your marriage and harm your children, which is not true. Fight back by showing what these laws really are designed to destroy and showing who really is harmed by them.

  • 17. grod  |  December 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    On Dec 15 Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, a bipartisan group, also sent a mailer to state legislators in anticipation of the January House vote to repeal the 2009 law that allows same sex couples to marry. It’s the first of a series of communications the group plans to send to legislators.
    Standing Up comprises 200+ civic, business, political, academic, religious and grassroots leaders from across the state. Their co-chair said. “We feel we have an absolute obligation to remind legislators just how popular this law is, and how opposed voters are to any effort to repeal or dismantle it in any way, shape or form,” “Citizens from all walks of life, along with likely Republican primary voters, all agree on one thing — that the Legislature should leave this law alone.”

  • 18. Marko  |  December 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    It looks cheap and amateurish. I can't help remembering the brilliant Australian ad…

    Still, I hope it will do the job!

  • 19. Johan  |  December 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh boy, it's not a terrible ad, but… sigh… oh boy…

    This does spell trouble when there is not a single married gay couple in this ad, and hardly clear what this is about.

  • 20. 415kathleenk  |  December 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    it is very clear what this is about- its spelled out in the first frame. ? But i do agree at least one lgbt family would be helpful.

  • 21. Fr. Bill  |  December 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    The point I was trying to raise is that we should include gay and lesbian couples in the context of their real everyday lives. NOM and the other enemies of equal rights and full inclusion associate being gay as being 100% about sex and that plays to people's fears. The Australian ad was effective because it portrayed the reality of a gay couple's life – family, friends, jobs, fighting and making up, supporting one another in tough times, etc. It humanized us in a real way in opposition to NOM seeking to dehumanize us. Reality works wonders against bigotry.

  • 22. Alan_Eckert  |  December 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    More personal changes from our buddy Louis (Hi Louis!):

    "I am Leaving the Republican Party"

  • 23. SoCal_Dave  |  December 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Off topic, but interesting I think.
    "Gingrich to gay man: Vote for Obama"

  • 24. Rich  |  December 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    The ad is fine and it will appeal to an older generation that does believe in the motto: Live Free Or Die…but what is much more interesting to me is the incredible drop-of of comments on the NOM blog site. To be sure, they have cut off just about anyone who opposes their stand on marriage equality, but so much more interesting, is that both the posts and the comments are in the vein of "Hail Mary passes". Check out the site (you won't be able to respond) but, the few remaining posters now sound shrill and desperate to land a cogent argument. And what is that argument? "We (good, God-fearing Christians) are the oppressed, the vilified, those that need protection from the GAY AGENDA." Let's keep the positive spin, spinning. Don't forget, there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of gay young men and women across America, counting on us to fight the good fight and name the scurrilous slander of the fundamentalists for what it is: bigotry, ignorance and religious intolerance. The Goal Post is in our sights; the righteousness of our cause is clear to a majority of Americans and, very soon, the courts and the vote of the people will validate all the effort. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Quanza and to everyone else, love and best wishes throughout the year.

  • 25. grod  |  December 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks got posting. Louis' position is thoughtful, if not courageous. He posted it publically.

  • 26. Chrys  |  December 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I don't think they have anything to lose.

  • 27. Chrys  |  December 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I think this is a very effective ad, when you consider the target audience.

  • 28. Johan  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Please explain to me what exactly is clear and spelled out in the first frame? It is completely unclear to me, I'm afraid.

  • 29. _BK_  |  December 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Awesome post! Thanks Alan. And thanks Louis! You're awesome.

  • 30. Derek Williams  |  January 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    They would have nothing to lose only if there were no negative feeling towards homosexuals. We know this not to be true.

    The fact that this still an issue, and the entire GOP candidature is aligned against LGBT Rights tells me there is a lot to lose by supporting equality when you're surrounded by Burn Again Religionists.

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