Among the imagery included in a new
MSBNC ad is a gay couple exchanging vows.
The ad is part of the
network's new Lean Forward campaign.
The 60-second spot begins with a
YouTube clip of young people enjoying a day at the lake, a marching
band, a child sledding in the snow, the space shuttle hurling into
space and a woman playing Wii.
After a male announcer says, “We hold
these truths to be self-evident. That all men and women have certain
unalienable rights,” an opposite-sex couple is seen kissing at
their wedding, followed by two men in dark suits exchanging vows.
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness,” the announcer adds. “And the freedom to believe that
while history has gotten us this far, our best days are still ahead.”
“We are the United States of come as
you are. Our differences are what unite us.”
Several MSNBC personalities are vocal
advocates for gay rights. The cabler is also home to openly lesbian
Rachel Maddow, who stars five days a week on The Rachel Maddow