Basic Rights Oregon, an LGBT advocacy group, has started airing a new ad hoping to open a dialogue about marriage equality in their state. What some don’t realize is part of Oregon actually had marriage equality back in 2004. For about 7 weeks beginning in early March, some 3000 lesbian and gay couples were married when Moltnomah County began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. This actually made Oregon the first state in the nation to confer marriage rights to gays and lesbians.
Unfortunately, the celebration was brief and all the marriages were quickly invalidated by the Oregon legislature. There’s an in-depth accounting at Alternatives Magazine.
The new ad, like others we’ve seen trending among other advocacy groups is simple and features several couples, gay and straight, speaking about marriage. Give it a look and pass it around. The effectiveness lies in the conversations it may start while families are sitting around the house watching Wheel of Fortune, when this comes on: