New Campaign Focuses on Commitment

The “Commitment Campaign,” the Third Way campaign which officially launches today, seeks to continue talking about marriage equality, commitment and love. So far Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Independent Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Republican former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman and Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the republican National Committee, have all come out in support of the campaign.

In order to engage as many people as possible in the conversation about marriage equality, it is vital that advocates show that LGBT people share the same values as everyone else and want to marry for the same reasons. Just like straight allies, LGBT people want the chance to create loving, stable families, and marriage provides the legal protections with which to do this. GLAAD applauds the Commitment Campaign for highlighting these families and their commitment, which, after all, are the inspiration for marriage equality in the first place. GLAAD also encourages media outlets to continue to include stories of loving, committed couples in their articles about marriage equality.

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