TheFour.com released the first of four videos looking at marriage equality on the ballot in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State. The videos were produced by New Left Media's Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll - who I met embedded with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's extraordinary AIDS/LifeCycle 10. Of this video, Chase says:
"We tried to capture the real experience of same-sex couples, to show that they are as average as any other couple. They have the same challenges, responsibilities, and aspirations-but they are strangers in the eyes of the law. That's why marriage equality is so important: it aligns personality reality with legal reality, as a simple matter of fairness and equality."
The short, entitled Marriage for All Families: Stories from Maine, tells the stories of two real-life gay and lesbian families, and a straight volunteer working for marriage equality in Maine. The video comes out just as a new Maine poll shows that "the referendum proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine leads 57 percent to 36 percent in the poll, with 7 percent saying they are undecided."
The video was developed in cooperation with Mainers United for Marriage. Indeed, the level of cooperation among organizations to secure a marriage win is phenomenal. Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson noted in an email that the so-called National Organization for Marriage and other marriage opponents" have started "slinging anti-gay mud on TV." In Maine, he wrote:
NOM just contributed more than $250,000 to "Protect Marriage Maine" to defeat marriage at the ballot. In true apocalyptic fashion, [Prop 8 strategist Frank] Schubert calls denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Maine "critical for the survival of the institution of marriage."
Freedom to Marry is working closely with the ballot campaigns to win in the four states and will hold a fundraiser for their National Engagement Party in Palm Springs on Saturday, Oct. 6 and in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 7, with a special appearance by Jane Lynch.
The video is after the break.