Same-sex marriage is back on TV advertising in Ohio for the first time in a decade.
Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a statewide coalition advocating to make same-sex marriages legal, today released an ad that will run in various cities around the state from Wednesday though Aug. 6. The ad features two elderly Ohio men, Henry Hawley and George Vassos of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who were married last fall in New York after spending 50 years together as a couple.
The ad can be seen on YouTube.
Ads on the marriage issue have not been on Ohio TV screens since 2004 when voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The battles since then have been in the courtroom not the ballot box.
“Attitudes in Ohio and across the country are changing fast as communities are coming together to have very serious conversations about the meaning of family, fairness and the future,” Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, said in a statement.
The timing of the ad is significant because a legal showdown on the marriage issue will take place Aug. 6 in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. On that date, a three-judge appeals court panel will hear five cases from Ohio and surrounding states about the same-sex marriage issue.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a New York case for same-sex marriage, every federal court ruling in the country without exception has sided with same-sex marriage.
By Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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