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New Washington 'Why Marriage Matters' Ad Features Minister, His Wife, and Their Gay Son: VIDEO


Last week I posted an ad featuring Republican lawmaker Cheryl Pflug for Washington state's Why Marriage Matters campaign. Here's the second ad in a series airing during the Olympics.

Pride Foundation, which produced the ad, writes:

The ad released August 6 features United Church of Christ minister Reverend Gib Rossing and his wife, Beth Rossing, talking about their son Jonathan and their hopes for him to be able to marry his long-term partner Ryan. It emphasizes that all loving and committed couples, whether gay or straight, hope to marry for similar reasons: to make a lifetime promise to another person and to share the joys and challenges that life brings.

"Here in Washington, we treat all families with respect and fairness, because we believe in the Golden Rule of treating others as we want to be treated," said Kris Hermanns, Executive Director of Pride Foundation. "This advertisement reflects our fundamental values, and will supplement the conversations we've had across the state about the important of marriage for all loving and committed couples. No one should be denied the freedom to marry the person that they love."


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  1. People are always so charming and rational in video pieces. Put this one out there. Great for the cause. Give this one the hard sell. Somebody's due for a raise. Couldn't have dreamed this one up.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2012 7:28:30 PM

  2. Those are my parents and brother in the video. (I'm the other gay son.)
    Also check out, a site my parents put together to help people in churches speak out in favor of marriage equality.

    Posted by: per | Aug 6, 2012 7:39:36 PM

  3. I'm glad your parents have your support. If you truly love your partner why not live together for while?

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 6, 2012 10:16:11 PM

  4. nice ad. these true stories work

    Posted by: reality | Aug 6, 2012 10:43:42 PM

  5. Love it!

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 6, 2012 11:15:58 PM

  6. Where are all the posts from the clones that usually post how no Republican is to be trusted, that ALL Republicans are inherently evil, and how no Republican ever does anything to further the cause ?

    Posted by: NVTodd | Aug 7, 2012 4:56:20 AM

  7. Thanks, Per. You, your parents and family are doing great things. It isn't easy being in the public eye, but it is a worthy cause. Here's to marriage equality in Washington, Maine, Maryland (and a victory in Minnesota)!
    For the rest of Towleroad readers, if you haven't given to these causes, do so today. They need money to air these videos. Even ten bucks will help.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Aug 7, 2012 9:14:48 AM

  8. I think the ad will really resonate with non-fundamentalist, non-Tea Party people in more conservative areas of WA, even in suburban Seattle, especially people over 50. I'd like to see a similar ad with a Latino, African American or Asian American family, perhaps focused on a lesbian daughter and her partner.

    My only concern is that the part of the ad that mentions "vows" will be twisted by some to sound like gay marriage will be forced on churches. But I suppose people who'd be receptive to such misinformation are already firmly against gay marriage.

    I'm very hopeful about the passage of R-74.

    Posted by: Kevin P | Aug 7, 2012 1:22:47 PM

  9. Marriage! An arrangement between a man and a woman created by two men; one with a Son, and one with a daughter. Upon agreement of the terms,a ceremony was performed that bound the woman to the man to a lifetime of servitude with the wife having no rights, and the husband having all rights. Do not try to tell me that there is something sacred about Marriage.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Aug 8, 2012 5:37:37 PM

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