A radio spot launched Thursday by
Marylanders for Marriage Equality features President Barack Obama's
gay marriage endorsement.
In the ad, two women discuss how
they're going to vote for Question 6, the November 6 ballot question
which asks voters to uphold – or reject – a gay marriage law
approved by lawmakers.
One woman tells the other that she's
unsure about how to vote on the measure.
“I didn't know either, but then I
heard President Obama supported marriage for gay couples.”
“Really?” the woman asks.
“You haven't heard him? I've got the
clip here on my phone … It's that important … Listen up.”
“Same-sex couples should be able to
get married. I had hesitated on gay marriage because I thought civil
unions would be sufficient,” Obama is heard saying. “You know,
Malia and Sasha, they've got friends whose parents are same-sex
couples, it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents would
be treated differently. That's the kind of thing that prompts a
change of perspective. When we think about our faith, it's also the
“Obama makes it so simple,” the
previously undecided woman says, “it's about fairness – treating
everyone equal under the law.” (The audio is embedded on this
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The Obama spot was funded with $100,000
from Freedom to Marry, the nation's largest marriage equality
advocate. The group's contribution will also go to support an ad
featuring civil rights hero Julian Bond.