Already deemed “historical” and “unprecedented,” the Respect for Marriage Coalition released an advertisement today featuring several prominent Republicans who support marriage equality.
The ad, titled “Leadership,” is a part of a one million dollar campaign and will run nationally in major print media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
It features clips of former Vice President Dick Cheney, former first lady Laura Bush, and former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell, in addition to a clip from President Barrack Obama’s second inaugural address, making statements in favor of same-sex couples.
Here’s the ad’s content:
VO: None of us would want to be told we can’t marry the person we love. That’s why a growing majority of Americans believe it’s time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Former First Lady Laura Bush: When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.
Former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell: Allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country
Former Vice President Dick Cheney: Freedom means freedom for everyone
President Barack Obama: Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
VO: It’s time for marriage.
Bush and Powell’s support of marriage equality represent a significant break with traditional party lines. Bush’s statements (made in 2010) came at a surprising time, showing her and husband, former President George Bush, might have differing opinions on this issue.
Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was implemented, demonstrates a dramatic shift in consciousness.
“Leadership” is released against growing momentum in favor of marriage equality: President Obama has made historical remarks in support of same-sex marriage and right-to-marry legislation is pending nationally and before the Supreme Court.
A new study conducted by Alzalone List Grove Research, shows that 83 percent of Americans “believe marriage for same-sex couples will be legal nationwide in the next decade.”
Republican Senator Branden Petersen, who is currently considering co-sponsoring a marriage equality bill in Minnesota, recently said, “It’s only a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal.”
In a statement posted on their website The Respect for Marriage Coalition “hopes to keep building on this momentum for the freedom to marry by raising awareness about growing support and encouraging Americans from across the political spectrum to get involve.” If public opinion is any indicator, their goal might be an achievable reality.