Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a grassroots public education campaign from Equality Ohio, Freedom to Marry, HRC, and the ACLU Foundation of Ohio and dedicated to growing support for marriage equality, has just released a television advertisement that the Columbus Dispatch says is the state's first same-sex marriage ad since the passage of a marriage discrimination amendment a decade ago.
The heartwarming 30-second spot, which starts running today, features George Vassos and Henry Hawley, an elderly gay couple from the Cleveland suburb of Chagrin Falls who decided to get married after 50 years together. Why Marriage Matters Ohio writes:
They traveled to New York City, and on October 25th, they finally said those two magical words -- "I do." It was a very special moment for both of them, but the moment they crossed state lines to return to their home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio -- those words and the commitment they made to each other were no longer recognized in the state they call home.
But according to Vassos, he and his husband are optimistic. "We're really fortunate that the country is turning around," he says in the ad. "Nineteen states [have marriage equality] so far, and hopefully Ohio will be next."
The spot will air for one week, culminating on August 6 -- the day that a federal appeals court in Cincinnati will hear arguments for the marriage equality cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Watch, after the break.