A touching Australian video promoting
equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples could be headed to
the United States.
The video, titled It's Time,
originally aired last year. Within days of its debut on YouTube, it
had racked up more than 3 million views online. Another 3.6 million
views have been added since.
In the ad, which plays more like a
short film, Paul is seen meeting someone on a boat. Birthdays,
rollercoaster rides and days at the beach follow. In the film's
final frames, Paul's companion is finally revealed as an overjoyed
Paul gets down on one knee and proposes marriage to his boyfriend.
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The ad has been criticized for not
revealing Paul's sexual orientation until its final moments.
Opponents called the dramatic device “deceptive.”
The nearly 2-minute video was produced
by the progressive group GetUp. Now, an
online campaign by Social Teeth seeks to raise funds to broadcast
the ad in the United States. Three percent of the funds raised will
go to GetUp.