Gay Marriage Opponents Act Like an Oppressed Minority in Despicable New Ad

About halfway through this two-and-a-half-minute film from conservative nonprofit the Catholic Vote, its treacly, overlystylized message becomes clear. These Catholics are nervous about revealing their stance on same-sex marriage because they’re (spoiler alert!) against it.

That stance is nothing new. What’s galling is the ad’s appropriation of LGBTQ themes to marginalize LGBTQ people and their rights under the law. The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here ludicrously recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days.

The video even plays like a coming-out video for Catholics who are afraid to take the “brave” step of voicing their objection to equality. That’s a shockingly audacious tactic—disrespectful and despicable, to say the least.

Beyond that, it is rather illogical. You can’t reposition a group as oppressed when there is no movement to oppress them. And you certainly can’t equate being called a bigot for spouting intolerance with anything near what members of the LGBTQ community have experienced for decades. 

The empowering music is on point, though. 

Oh, and thankfully there’s already a parody…

Las Vegas Celebrates Gay Marriage in Nevada With a Fabulous Full-Page Newspaper Ad

Already known as the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas is about to host a lot more weddings. And Las Vegas tourism couldn’t be happier.

After Nevada legalized gay marriage last week, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and agency R&R Partners—creators of the famed “What happens here, stays here” campaign—quickly rolled out a full-page ad in USA Today celebrating the momentous occasion.

“This is an historic day for Las Vegas and the great state of Nevada,” the LVCVA said in a statement. “As the ‘Wedding Capital of the World’ and one of the top destinations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors, Las Vegas welcomes LGBT couples wishing to legally recognize their relationship. There is simply no better destination to host a fabulous wedding followed by a one-of-a-kind honeymoon.”

The ad points to a new microsite,

See the full newspaper ad below.

DirecTV Kicked Off the NFL Season With an Ad Featuring a Gay Couple

A same-sex couple locked in an embrace (or is it a tackle?) smash through their home in slow-motion in a surprisingly inclusive spot for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket.

These guys have a “friendly rivalry.” One roots for the New York Giants, and the other for the Dallas Cowboys. At first, viewers might think it’s just a moment of roughhousing between friends, but they eventually make it clear by saying that, while they may argue sometimes, “we’re just like any couple.”

Despite the nod to the Cowboys, the ad from Grey New York was almost certainly filmed before the team signed Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League. The spot broke last Thursday during the NFL’s first regular-season game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Sports has factored into several pro-LGBT ads lately. To protest Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a Canadian equal rights group created a PSA that claimed, “The games have always been a little gay,” a reference to the visual association one might make concerning the two-man luge. While applauding the spot’s good intentions, some felt the humor reinforced stereotypes. Norwegian apparel firm XXL took a different tack with its mini-epic Olympic commercial with a lesbian twist .

Some commenters have disparaged the “little yippity dog” in the DirecTV spot as a homosexual cliche, but it otherwise has received a pretty warm response from LGBT advocates. The ad scores because it levels the playing field and presents its themes in the same loud, goofy and accessible style as the client’s other “Most Powerful Fan” commercials. Here, sports fandom becomes a fun, credible metaphor for inclusiveness. DirecTV called the right play.

Via The Advocate.

Here's How Gay Marriage Will Destroy Your World, Warns Satirical Short Film About 'Armagayddon'

What will happen when gay marriage is legal? Will the resulting Armagayddon destroy civilization as we know it? Luckily, an Irish gay rights advocacy group is here to help you visualize the consequences.

Ireland is set to consider a referendum on marriage equality in Spring 2015. To get people fired up for the vote, LGBT Noise is holding a march in Dublin, and they’ve partnered with Like:Minded productions to create this humorous short that laughs at our collective fear of the unknown.

Social change can be hard, particularly in a conservative nation, but what this spot is trying to suggest is that there really won’t be any change—unless opponents ruin their own lives with self-enforced isolation and a creepy prison box for their children. 

With more than 200,000 views since being posted two weeks ago, it’s sparking interest for the cause around the world. After all, sometimes the only thing you can do in the face of uninformed fear is laugh.


Client: LGBT Noise
Production House: Like:Minded Production

Writters: Tara Flynn and Kevin McGahern
Director: Martin Gaughan
Producer: Lisa Gallagher
Director of Photography: Andrew Cummins
Sound: Stephen McDowell
Assistant Director: Diarmuid O’Brien
Assistant Camera: Anna O’Carroll
Make Up Artist: Olivia Fitzsimons
Sound Mixer: Bounce Sound
Graphics: Richard Merrigan & Eric Dolan
Postproduction Producer: Carly Butler
Online Editor: Robbie O’Farrel
Editor: Tom O’Neill & Ultan Murphy

Adam: Shane O’Reilly
John: Kevin McGahern
Mary: Tara Flynn

Microsoft Commercial Reveals Company’s Outlook on Gay Marriage

First, Amazon treated gay marriage like it was no big whoop in its latest Kindle ad. And now this. Microsoft has juxtaposed becoming a professional stuntman with getting gay married in its latest ad from Deutsch in New York. Much like the Kindle spot, the lesbian wedding here is treated as nothing out of the ordinary. That's right, a truck explodes (you'll remember the stunt driver from the launch ad for this campaign), and then some lesbians get married, and it's no big deal—as the happy user congratulates her newly married friend, pressing her hands together with an expression of sheer delight. Truly, when juggernaut advertisers decide that endorsing gay marriage won't hurt their bottom line, there's been a sea change in society.