New radio advertisements in Maryland urge people to vote FOR Question 6

Today, Marylanders for Marriage Equality released a new radio spot urging listeners to support the freedom to marry at the ballot. Marylanders for Marriage Equality is the coalition working to urge people in Maryland to vote FOR Question 6, the ballot measure that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state.

Freedom to Marry invested $100,000 in the Vote For 6 campaign to support the airing of the new advertisement and a previously announced radio spot featuring NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond. Read more about the Julian Bond radio spot here

The new ad features two women discussing President Barack Obama's historic support of the freedom to marry from May 2012. Over the course of the ad, both women decide to vote for Question 6 and uphold the state's marriage law, which was signed into law by Governor Martin O'Malley in March after passing out of both houses of the state legislature. You can listen to the new ad below.

Over the past two years, Freedom to Marry has been working closely with the Maryland campaign, providing messaging guidance and support, helping to enlist volunteers, and sharing information about best practices for state marriage campaigns. The investment from these radio spots brings Freedom to Marry's total financial investment in the Vote for 6 campaign to $200,000 during the 2011-2012 election cycle.

Our founder and president Evan Wolfson talked about the radio ads this morning in a release. He said:

Speaking as a parent and as a man of faith, President Obama talks about the values of fairness, family, and the Golden Rule of treating others as you'd want to be treated, and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond talks about equality under the law and civil rights for all - and both urge Maryland voters to embrace the freedom to marry. When Marylanders think about their values, their neighbors, and how wrong it is to deny marriage licenses to committed couples, they, too, will join with these leaders and a majority of Americans and support the freedom to marry by voting FOR Question 6.  

Josh Levin, the campaign manager for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, commented on Freedom to Marry's contribution to the Question 6 campaign. He said:

Freedom to Marry's investment comes at a key moment, and helps us accomplish an important goal. The radio spot we launched today ensures that voters hear President Obama's heartfelt and compelling explanation of his journey to support marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Marylanders will identify with those same values - fairness, being a good role model for their kids - and will make the decision to vote FOR Question 6.

Listen to the new ad below, read more and listen to the Julian Bond ad HERE, and read more about all four states - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington - facing marriage-related ballot measures on November 6 HERE.