A new commercial for Microsoft
Outlook.com includes a lesbian wedding.
The 30-second ad touts new social media
features in the company's new email service, including automatic
updates from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, and video
chatting with Facebook friends from Outlook.com's inbox.
When the two women get married in the
ad, another woman's Outlook.com entry for Sarah Jones is
automatically updated to Sarah Jones-Brown and her profile picture is
replaced with a photograph of the couple from their wedding day.
“Saw the update,” the woman writes
in an email to Sarah. “So happy for you both!” (The video is
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The commercial follows a recent Amazon
ad for its Paperwhite Kindle which featured a married male couple.
Kindle ad includes married gay couple.)
Last year, both companies made large
contributions to the effort to legalize marriage equality in their
home state of Washington. Each has also said it opposes the Defense
of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law which prevents the federal
government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples.
Amazon, Costco, Nordstrom run ad endorsing gay marriage in