The Direct Approach

Timothy Kincaid

October 1st, 2009

Sometimes it seems that in the campaign battles over marriage equality, the people most ignored and downplayed are those most affected. Everyone talks about equality and decency and church and children but none of us on any side can seem to say, “hey, this is about these guys!”.

But a new campaign in Greensburo, North Carolina, is taking a direct approach. They are showing the faces of the folks who everyone else is not talking about.

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Good for you, Triad Equality Alliance.

Of course, not everyone is happy about it. Check out the video at Fox 8.

Richard W. Fitch

October 1st, 2009

The billboard with the FOX video are perhaps the best campaign I have yet seen for Marriage Equality. Unfortunately not everyone will see the clip, but at least the public ad will make its point and start some conversations.

GreenEyedLilo

October 1st, 2009

Fantastic. I love that they show an older couple, too.

Richard W. Fitch

October 1st, 2009

@GreenEyedLilo: … which promotes me to lament that Del Martin is not still alive to celebrate with Phyllis Lyon this kind of progress. They were “engaged” for 55 years before their official marriage last year in SF. But of course that only lasted about 2 months. I guess the “Maggies” are right. ;-)

Mark F.

October 1st, 2009

Too bad they didn’t run these sort of ads in CA last year.

Burr

October 1st, 2009

We need more of this in more places. This is the groundwork that needs to be laid before political campaigns are viable in the more hostile places.

lurker

October 1st, 2009

“Of course, not everyone is happy about it.”

Yes, of course *someone* will be not happy about just about *anything* . . . but it seems that the tv station went out of their way to find a) someone who thought the sign was bad and b) someone who thought the sign was ok. Kind of formulaic, like they were just going through the motions. Nobody seemed particularly riled up one way or another.

It seems like a very queer-positive tv spot to me.

Burr

October 1st, 2009

The guy that didn’t like sure put some deep, profound though into it:

“They shouldn’t be putting up things that people don’t agree with.”

Uhhh yeah.. except for that whole 1st amendment thing..

What is he.. ANTI-AMERICAN VALUES?

tristram

October 1st, 2009

The ads being run by the No on 1 folks in Maine are great – some of them very much like this. I hope you’ll keep plugging them and mentioning how to donate to keep them running!

Ben in Oakland

October 1st, 2009

I’m scared. They’re showing real homosexuals. That’s downright…

…honest.

werdna

October 2nd, 2009

I think you meant “affected” not “effected” in the first sentence.

Great ad though, and it’s just the latest in a remarkable campaign that Triad Equality Alliance started 5 years ago.

Timothy Kincaid

October 2nd, 2009

werdna,

Yes, I have trouble with the correct usage of affected and effected.

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