Two ads urging Mainers to back gay marriage, which were first released in October on the Internet, will have their television debut around Thanksgiving.

Both ads feature straight couples talking about what marriage means to them and how they came around on the issue of marriage equality.

In one ad, Pastor Michael Gray of the Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church and his wife Robyn talk about what marriage means to them.

“Marriage is about love,” Mr. Gray says in the 30-second spot. “I definitely struggled with the issue of same-sex marriage.”

“We did pray about it,” adds Mrs. Gray.

“What changed my mind was the personal stories. My faith informs me differently now,” Mr. Gray says. “Marriage is about love. And love is about inclusion not exclusion.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In 2009, gay marriage foes narrowly (53%) repealed a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers with a “people's veto” at the ballot box, known as Question 1. Now, backers hope to make Maine the first state to legalize the institution through the same democratic process.

Equality Maine announced earlier this month that the group had collected nearly twice the number of signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot, but a decision on whether to move forward won't be made until January.

“We want to see if this kind of positive messaging will have an effect on these 'middle voters,'” Matt McTighe, the Maine director of Gay and Lesbian Advocated and Defenders (GLAD), told the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the second ad, Paul and Jeanette Rediker confess they were not the most gay-friendly couple when they found out that their daughter is gay.

“We went to see a priest,” says Mrs. Rediker, “and I will never forget the answer he told me: She is the same person that you loved yesterday. … I would be very happy if my eldest daughter could get married at home like she'd like.”