Advertising | Gay Marriage | Utah

Utah Mormon Couple with Gay Son Pushes for Marriage Equality in New Ad: VIDEO


A Utah Mormon couple with a gay son (below), four other kids, and 18 grandchildren pushes for marriage equality in a new ad campaign airing this week as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to the state's ban on gay marriage.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

In the ads, sponsored by the same-sex marriage advocacy group Utah Unites for Marriage, the Bradshaws share their story, and their family, in hopes of convincing others that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry would strengthen, not harm, the state.

"A marriage is a bond between two people based in love and commitment," William Bradshaw says. "Allowing civil marriages will be a good thing for Utah."

It’s a campaign that emphasizes marriage as a legal and civil right and notes that no church or faith would be required to perform such unions.

Utah Unites for Marriage was formed last month by several notable Utahns, including former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Terry Wood, a longtime television news anchor, reporter and radio personality.

Watch the Bradshaws ad and another featuring Wood, AFTER THE JUMP...


Feed This post's comment feed


  1. These ads are good, but i wish the phantom gay son would appear and say just a word or two. Studies show that nothing is more persuasive as seeing an actual gay person say that they would like marriage equality.

    They should have one more ad in which the sun is talking about this, and then he's embraced by his parents and they say we love you and we support marriage equality.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 9, 2014 1:46:57 PM

  2. The terminology they're using is a little strange. I'm quite sure Utah already *has* "civil marriage", it just discriminates with regard to who can participate in it.

    Posted by: Vint | Apr 9, 2014 3:47:07 PM

  3. great ads

    Posted by: reality | Apr 9, 2014 5:11:58 PM

  4. @Randy: I imagine there is a certain percentage of the population that would instantly discount a plea from a gay person. After all, not everyone has the ability to be empathetic.

    Perhaps those people might be swayed when someone with a similar upbringing (meaning Mormon in this case) states that their family didn't disintegrate when their son came out.

    Posted by: alex | Apr 10, 2014 1:23:58 AM

  5. @ALEX - I'm with you on this. Having the elders make the appearance and show their love and respect for their son easily places a lot of elders who may be on the fence about it, and tip them over.

    I thought the ads were very well done and they got a lot said in a short amount of time. Both ads were only 30 seconds long but covered a lot of positive message.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 10, 2014 10:41:23 AM

  6. Who'da thunk it?

    Posted by: enchantra | Apr 10, 2014 12:32:02 PM

  7. The "civil" marriage terminology comes from the fact that Mormon's perform "eternal marriage" ceremonies in their temples, which are religious ordinances but also currently recognized as legal "civil" marriages. The real reason the LDS Church is so opposed to the legalization of same sex marriage is their belief that it will ultimately lead to the government forcing them to perform them within their temples, which they will never do. The people in these ads are making the distinction of advocating for the legalization of same-sex civil marriage as opposed to same sex temple marriage. This is far more acceptable to "progressive Mormons" and will ultimately lead to (IMHO) a separation of legal/civil marriage and temple/religious marriage for Mormons into two discrete ceremonies. For the time being the Mormon leadership will continue to fight on with other like-minded Churches and conservative groups, but as they say, "the writing is on the wall..."

    Posted by: chris | Apr 10, 2014 1:37:04 PM

  8. One of the things that gets overlooked in this debate is the fact no granting of same-sex marriage enables a woman to become a father nor a man to become a mother. Another simple fact is that nature provides for the continuation of the human race by procreation, and children deserve the intended balance provided by having a father and a mother, male and female. This is not a matter of hating anyone or even of equality. Men and women are of equal worth, but a marriage is a husband and wife, not two husbands nor two wives, or at least so nature has planned it. Other than by comparison to the traditional concept of marriage, one could legally recognize the union of any combination of people for whatever reason if you get enough votes. Every person, male and female of whatever persuasion, ought to respected and loved and valued for the great potential in all of us; but in my opinion, a rose is only a rose however you may legally change its definition, and marriage likewise.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 15, 2014 3:04:40 AM

Post a comment


« «Rat Holds NYC Subway Car Hostage: VIDEO« «