Pro-gay marriage ad airs in US during Olympic ceremony

Republican Cheryl Pflug speaks out about why she believes gay people should have the freedom to marry in new advert

Pro-gay marriage ad airs in US during Olympic ceremony
28 July 2012

A pro-marriage equality advert began airing in the US last night (27 July) during the local airing of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

The advert features Republican senator Cheryl Pflug, who talks about gay couples she knows and the reason why they deserve to be able to marry.

In the video, Pflug says: ‘I know a number of gay and lesbian couples that have been together for 40 years. I saw in these couples love, commitment, a sharing of a life together: everything that makes for a good marriage.

‘Everybody wants to say this is the person that I love, and stand up and have a ceremony with their family and friends.

‘As a Republican, I believe in freedom, and that includes the freedom to marry the person you love.’

Sponsored by the Seattle-based Pride Foundation, Pflug provided one of the key votes in voting for the same-sex marriage bill Referendum 74 in Washington. However due to a petition created by anti-gay marriage groups, the bill will go to the ballot box.

Washington, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota will be voting on marriage equality soon, with the vote planned in Washington for 6 November.

Kris Hermanns, executive director for the Pride Foundation, told the News Tribune the ad is part of a broader educational campaign.

Hermanns said: ‘This advertisement reflects the fundamental values of Washington State – where all families are treated with respect and dignity under the law – and that is why it will be so powerful.’

To advertise during the Olympics, Hermanns said it was likely going to be a ‘six figure buy’.

Pflug said she had made her mind up about gay marriage in 2007. She said: ‘One of the things I love about Americans is our ability to look at ourselves and ask, are we doing all we can? Can we do better and grow?’

She added: ‘It’s not like we get paid a lot. It has more to do with the luxury of doing what you think is right.’

Check out the advert here:



No thumbnail available

European Court finds Turkey guilty of violating rights of gay prisoner

Turkish government ordered to pay compensation to gay prisoner kept in solitary confinement after he complained of bullying from inmates
No thumbnail available

Gay baker John Whaite gets his hands on some buns at Manchester Pride

Let them eat cake – star studded line up revealed for Manchester’s Great Village Bake Off
No thumbnail available

Hong Kong Christians sign statement welcoming gays but still not ok with gay sex

Nearly 10,000 Hong Kong Christians from 90 religious groups have signed a declaration stating being gay is not a sin but they still have a problem with gay people acting on their feelings
No thumbnail available

MSNBC host Steve Kornacki on going from being closeted and 'constantly on guard' to openly gay

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay
No thumbnail available

Poland plans to introduce gay civil partnership

Poland's ruling party announced it will put to the vote a draft bill of registered civil partnership for gay and straight  couples
No thumbnail available

Gay men to apply to Home Office to wipe pre-1967 convictions

The UK Government has announced the process by which gay men will be able to apply to have any pre-1967 consensual sex convictions wiped from their records
After severe backlash, Gawker takes down post outing media executive

After severe backlash, Gawker takes down post outing media executive

Site's openly gay founder Nick Denton apologizes: 'It is a decision I regret'
No thumbnail available

Uganda deports UK gay play producer

David Cecil has been deported from Uganda, forcing him to leave his girlfriend and two children
No thumbnail available

The Sims comes out in support of Pride

EA has included same-sex relationships in the series ever since the first game in 2000
Bishop comes out as gay, plans to stay married to his wife

Bishop comes out as gay, plans to stay married to his wife

Kevin Kanouse is head of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana area of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America