Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It's Time to Let California Ring


You meet someone special. You fall in love and vow to spend your lives together. Maybe you want to get married. Yet every day, lesbian and gay people in California are denied the freedom to marry the person they love.

Like many Californians, you want a fair chance to realize your hopes and dreams and you want that for your family friends and neighbors. You probably believe that everyone should be treated fairly and not singled out for exclusion. The Let California Ring campaign is about engaging people like you to talk to other people you know. It's that simple. These conversations-millions of them-will open hearts and minds and build the public support we need to end exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage.

So, welcome to our campaign website, where you can get engaged in Let California Ring. Learn how to have the conversation with people you know about the freedom to marry. Learn more about the campaign and our coalition partners and supporters, check out events happening in your neck of the woods and read stories from real people who talk about why the freedom to marry is important to them - and all of us.

Together we can engage millions of Californians in conversation through Let California Ring to help make our country, and the lives of many lesbian and gay couples and their loved ones, better. The campaign is that big. It's that important. And it starts with you
Please join us today.

Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California Institute

13 comments:

Linda said...

Geoff Kors has the most incredibly beautiful face. Silvery tinted photography really does him justice!

Dominick J. said...

I viewd the ad, but in my opinion it only showed a bride having difficulty getting to her hisband to be. It didn't show them NOT marrying, just the pitfalls on the way to the altar.

George Skillman said...

I liked it a little better the second time, but the first time I thought the connection between a bride having a rough time making it to the alter to meet her groom and the gay marriage issue very weak. I also think it comes across as hiding behind a cute heterosexual couple. Let's be honest and show them what this is really all about. How about changing it so that we see the bride's tribulations, then flash to the concerned guy in a tux, then show the text message and finally reveal that the guy in the tux is an usher and that the real "groom" is the bride's bride waiting at the altar.

Elizabeth said...

I think that the ad is incredible!! It challenges the way people look at marriage in a way that is not threatening or shocking, but simply puts it into perspective. It allows people to see marriage as something that all people deserve, which they do, and see love as love for all people. Everyone deserves the freedom to marry, and that is beautifully put in the ad. I'm so proud of Let California Ring!!

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cheryl beas said...

Thank you so much for helping us have what everyone deserves!! I don't want anything extra for my partner and myself - just the same benefits and responsibilities as the rest of the world.

Anonymous said...

The ad doesn't really show that she is unable to marry. It portrays the pitfalls of a 'perfect' wedding day. Eventually she'd get down the aisle and marry her beloved. What about us? Will that day come eventually?

Anonymous said...

I think the ad was maybe a little too subtle. Except for the old lady who trips the bride with her cane, no one is stopping her from getting married. She is just experiencing some difficulties along the way to getting married.

As others have pointed out, she will get up and walk down the aisle to get married no matter what the obsticles.

I applaud your efforts though, and will definately donate so we can even more ads that are designed to make us think.

Toby said...

Every time I have watched this ad it gives me the chills. The first few times it made me cry. I feel what that bride feels, and it's irrelavent whether her intended spouse is a bride or a groom. Making them an opposite sex couple is good becuase the audience who needs to see this can connect better. This ad is wonderful, and I hope enough people donate to get it on the air statewide. I also like the coloring, cinematography, and the fact that she looks like she might be hispanic (perfect for California).

JB in Carlsbad* (*that is North of the 8) said...

I'm glad you are running an ad that at least addresses the issue "in print," since that is the only thing related to GBLT people getting married in this message. Perhaps next time you could show Gay or Lesbian people in the ad.

I'm really sorry that the heterosexual woman depicted in the ad had trouble making it to the altar. Really I am.

Anonymous said...

The analogies don't work for me. Getting a veil caught in a tree has nothing to do with whether I can get married or not. The difficulties are WAY bigger than that and way more impossible to get around.

Try again. . .

Lori said...

I have a son who is gay and your story touched my heart, those were the things I worried about as a mother. My daughter is in the same place as her brother only she and her partner a man are planning their wedding while my son only gets to dream of a time when he can marry the love of his life. Why are some people so scared that their marriage will be less if all are allowed to have the same human rights and yes legal rights are included in love? xoxo

Jean said...

This ad tugs at the heartstrings of those who have not made up their minds about the freedom to marry. It meets them where they are at and nudges them our way. Subtle is the way to go with those who are moveable one way or the other. This is something they can relate to.