TV Ads and Online Videos

In its successful campaign to win marriage nationwide, Freedom to Marry produced dozens of online videos and TV ads to tell emotionally powerful stories of couples, families, allies, unlikely messengers to build a critical mass of public support and drive the media narrative. Select a category below to view TV ads and/or online videos.

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Until We Could - Richard Blanco
Until We Could - Richard Blanco

Until We Could, a gorgeous video poem written by Richard Blanco, celebrates love and the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The film is narrated by Golden Globe winning actress…

Gail and Audrey: An Unexpected Love Story
Gail and Audrey: An Unexpected Love Story

"Have you meet my wife?" that's how Audrey Smaltz introduces people to her wife former Olympian Gail Marquis. "Foremost in My Mind" is a vivid portrait of their life and marriage.

Richard and John
Richard and John

Richard and John just celebrated 61 years as a couple. They desperately wanted to marry in New York. Haven't they waited long enough?

Love Wins at the Supreme Court
Love Wins at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning state bans on the freedom to marry making it possible for same-sex couples to marry across the country. For more info, visit…

Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry: The Story of Monica and Naomi
Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry: The Story of Monica and Naomi

Gay and lesbian service members risked their lives to protect ours while their families were denied the critical protections of marriage because of the so-called Defense of…

Who We Are As Southerners: #AmericaIsReady
Who We Are As Southerners: #AmericaIsReady

America is ready for marriage for same-sex couples. Jessica and Chi and their daughter Nailah from Alabama share why marriage matters to their family.

Rep. John Lewis is a Southerner for the Freedom to Marry
Rep. John Lewis is a Southerner for the Freedom to Marry

"I fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up - and speak up - against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and…

10 Years of the Freedom to Marry
10 Years of the Freedom to Marry

10 years since the beginning of the freedom to marry in United States and the founding of Freedom to Marry, we celebrated how far we'd come with this video retrospective.

What makes a gay soldier different from a straight soldier?
What makes a gay soldier different from a straight soldier?

Gay and straight service members risk their lives to protect our country. But, the military is forced to treat them differently because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

Mayors - Why We Support Marriage
Mayors - Why We Support Marriage

Mayors from across the country tell why they are Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

Lance Bass for the Freedom to Marry
Lance Bass for the Freedom to Marry

Mississippi residents Lance Bass and his fiancé Michael Turchin share why they are Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

Sen. Alan Simpson Supports the Freedom to Marry
Sen. Alan Simpson Supports the Freedom to Marry

Former US Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming talks about how Republican values support the freedom to marry.

Evan Wolfson Reflects on Decade of Momentum for Marriage
Evan Wolfson Reflects on Decade of Momentum for Marriage

Published by Freedom to Marry on July 9, 2015 "We celebrate tonight the Freedom to Marry strategy that - through the movement's embrace, involvement, and investment - brought us…

Margaret Hoover Introduces Evan Wolfson at ‘Cheers to 10 Years’ Event
Margaret Hoover Introduces Evan Wolfson at ‘Cheers to 10 Years’ Event

"'Godfather of gay marriage;' 'Choreographer of gay marriage,' 'Shaman, Magi, Wizard of gay marriage.' Yes, absolutely. All true." - CNN contributor and best-selling author…

“One Day,” Composed by Andrew Lippa, Performed by Laura Benanti
“One Day,” Composed by Andrew Lippa, Performed by Laura Benanti

To close our 'Cheers to 10 Years,' Tony and Grammy Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa joined Tony winner Laura Benanti and a 7-piece orchestra on stage for the debut performance…

Utah Family Supports Marriage for Gay Couples
Utah Family Supports Marriage for Gay Couples

Drs. Wendy Matis and Dale Smith celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by talking about their family and why the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Utah matters to them.

Laura Benanti performs live a new Andrew Lippa song
Laura Benanti performs live a new Andrew Lippa song

Tony Award winning actress and singer Laura Benanti performs an original song by Tony and Grammy Award nominee Andrew Lippa for the 10th anniversary celebration of Freedom to…

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks for the Freedom to Marry
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks for the Freedom to Marry

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks shares why he supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. "This is the right thing to do. Individuals have rights and freedoms, and we need to…

Vice-President Joe Biden’s Speech Celebrating the Freedom to Marry
Vice-President Joe Biden’s Speech Celebrating the Freedom to Marry

Vice-President Joe Biden delivered this speech at Freedom to Marry's event on July 9, 2015 celebrating the national marriage victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Evan Wolfson: Celebrating the National Marriage Victory
Evan Wolfson: Celebrating the National Marriage Victory

This speech was delivered by Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, at the July 9, 2015 celebration of the national victory on marriage.

#LoveWins: A celebration of the freedom to marry
#LoveWins: A celebration of the freedom to marry

To commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the freedom to marry nationwide, we present this celebration of love. Because in the end, #LoveWins.

Latinos for the Freedom to Marry - Spanish
Latinos for the Freedom to Marry - Spanish

Latinos in the United States are ready for the freedom to marry. Video in Spanish.

Latinos for the Freedom to Marry
Latinos for the Freedom to Marry

Latinos across America are ready for the freedom to marry nationwide.

A Proud Florida Father Proclaims: “Let People Get Married”
A Proud Florida Father Proclaims: “Let People Get Married”

Florida father George Smith shares the story of his evolution to support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in an ad created by Equality Florida and Freedom to Marry.

Historic Marriage Plaintiffs Gathering on Eve of Supreme Court Argument
Historic Marriage Plaintiffs Gathering on Eve of Supreme Court Argument

On the eve of the historic Supreme Court oral arguments on marriage, Freedom to Marry brought together plaintiffs and attorneys from more than 30 states, representing more than 55…

It’s Time for the Freedom to Marry
It’s Time for the Freedom to Marry

As the Supreme Court prepared to hear oral arguments on the freedom to marry on April 28, Freedom to Marry ran this ad nationally on TV and online showing that "It’s time.…

The Freedom to Marry Comes to Alabama
The Freedom to Marry Comes to Alabama

On February 9, the freedom to marry came to Alabama and hundreds of same-sex couples got married. This is the story of that amazing day.

Alabama: All Families Deserve Respect
Alabama: All Families Deserve Respect

Freedom to Marry ran this TV ad in Alabama to highlight the urgent needed for the freedom to marry in the state.

Texas police officers: Freedom means freedom for everyone
Texas police officers: Freedom means freedom for everyone

Three police officers from Fort Worth, Texas talk about why they support the freedom to marry in Texas - and speak out on their support for their colleague Chris Gorrie, a…

It’s Time for the Freedom to Marry
It’s Time for the Freedom to Marry

Freedom to Marry launched this television ad to underscore the urgent need for the freedom to marry nationwide.

Love for Everyone
Love for Everyone

Celebrating a year of big wins and marking the need to finish the job, Freedom to Marry ran this ten second video billboard titled "Love for Everyone" featuring three diverse…

Brian and Paul: Say Only Yes
Brian and Paul: Say Only Yes

For Brian and Paul, a binational couple who married in New York, "marriage" is far more than just a word. "Marriage is the part where you say, 'I'm going to be there till the end…

Straight Allies for the Freedom to Marry
Straight Allies for the Freedom to Marry

Retired Admiral Jamie Barnett, former congressman Patrick Murphy and Army Major Mary Bergner explain why the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell wasn't enough to make gay and lesbian…

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry represented the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in…

The Huntsman Sisters Support the Freedom to Marry
The Huntsman Sisters Support the Freedom to Marry

The freedom to marry is not a partisan value and is consistent with basic conservative values of responsibility and community, limited government and individual freedom. The…

Meghan McCain Supports the Freedom to Marry
Meghan McCain Supports the Freedom to Marry

The freedom to marry is not a partisan value and is consistent with basic conservative values of responsibility and community, limited government and individual freedom. Meghan…

Margaret Hoover Supports the Freedom to Marry
Margaret Hoover Supports the Freedom to Marry

The freedom to marry is not a partisan value and is consistent with basic conservative values of responsibility and community, limited government and individual freedom.

A Tale of Two Dads
A Tale of Two Dads

Mark Maxwell and Tim Young of North Carolina are foster parents to four boys ranging in age from 13 to 24. They were unable to jointly adopt the boys in North Carolina. The video…

Bill and John: More Than Ever
Bill and John: More Than Ever

Bill and John have been together for 54 years. There story shows clearly why the freedom to marry matters to gay and lesbian couples.

Charlie and Karen: A Military Love Story
Charlie and Karen: A Military Love Story

Karen Morgan's wife, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, died of breast cancer. Now, in the wake of her family's loss, Morgan faced financial uncertainty amid her grief, because…

A Major and Her Wife on the Effects of DOMA
A Major and Her Wife on the Effects of DOMA

Major Shannon McLaughlin and her wife, Casey McLaughlin show how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) hurt them and their young twins.

A Marine and his soon to be husband on DOMA
A Marine and his soon to be husband on DOMA

Marine Captain Matthew Phelps will be transferred to Japan this summer. He and his soon-to-be husband Ben Schock talked about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)…

Will and Arlene Brewster - Maine
Will and Arlene Brewster - Maine

Retired Episcopal Priest Will Brewster and his wife, Arlene, talk about their son Hal and their personal journey to support Question 1, which will allow same-sex couples to receive…

Eric and Jen - Mainers United for Marriage
Eric and Jen - Mainers United for Marriage

Eric and Jen Humphrey talk about what marriage means to them and why they're voting "Yes" on Question 1. Eric and Jen support the freedom to marry for all loving, committed…

Lynne and Greg Behrendt
Lynne and Greg Behrendt

Lynne and Greg Behrendt believe the most important values children can learn are the ones taught at home.

Eva Longoria on Familia es Familia
Eva Longoria on Familia es Familia

Eva Longoria supports LGBT equality.

Meet the McLaughlins
Meet the McLaughlins

Major Shannon McLaughlin and her wife Casey McLaughlin talk about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from honoring legal marriages of…

Rep. Linda Sanchez Talks About Anti-LGBT Bullying
Rep. Linda Sanchez Talks About Anti-LGBT Bullying

Rep. Linda Sanchez talks about anti-LGBT bullying and her support of the Familia es Familia campaign.

Amy Wilton, Photographer - Mainers United for Marriage
Amy Wilton, Photographer - Mainers United for Marriage

Amy talks about what allowing marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples will mean for her as a wedding photographer and why she's voting "Yes" on Question 1.

Chad and Lisa Johnson For Washington United For Marriage
Chad and Lisa Johnson For Washington United For Marriage

A pair of Seattle neighbors talk about getting to know the family next door, and how that changed their view of the freedom to marry.

Maureen Walsh For Washington United For Marriage
Maureen Walsh For Washington United For Marriage

WA State Representative Maureen Walsh, whose floor speech in favor of the bipartisan marriage law this winter generated over 2-million YouTube views, talks about her own marriage…

Rev. Rich and Cathy Lang For Washington United For Marriage
Rev. Rich and Cathy Lang For Washington United For Marriage

Rev. Rich Lang, of the University Temple Methodist Church in Seattle, and his wife Cathy, examine their reflections on the freedom to marry. Married for 29 years and the parents of…

Faith Leaders For Washington United For Marriage
Faith Leaders For Washington United For Marriage

Five different faith leaders make clear that R74 fully protects religious freedom while allowing all, loving committed couples in Washington to marry the person they love.

Brotherhood - Mainers United for Marriage
Brotherhood - Mainers United for Marriage

Firefighters Andrew, Dave, Eric and Ryan talk about trust, respect and why they're voting "Yes" on Question 1. They know marriage matters to ALL Maine families.

Chris Morningstar for Washington United for Marriage
Chris Morningstar for Washington United for Marriage

Chris Morningstar, a mom and grandmother from Washington shares why she believes her lesbian daughter should have the freedom to marry.

Robin and Stephen Boehler for Washington United for Marriage
Robin and Stephen Boehler for Washington United for Marriage

Robin and Stephen Boehler of Mercer Island, WA speak out on behalf of their youngest daughter Sara, who is gay and engaged to be married to her longtime partner.

Sarah Longwell makes the conservative case for the freedom to marry
Sarah Longwell makes the conservative case for the freedom to marry

Sarah Longwell, a member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee, talks with Thom Hartmann about why she as a conservative supports the freedom to…

Meet the Hendersons
Meet the Hendersons

Airman First Class Daniel Henderson and his husband Jerret Henderson talk about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from honoring…

Grandparents
Grandparents

This moving video features Yvonne and Fred, from Duluth, Minnesota, talking about why marriage has mattered so much during their life together-- and how they wouldn't want to deny…

What a Conservative Former Marine Thinks About Gays and Marriage
What a Conservative Former Marine Thinks About Gays and Marriage

Former Marine Craig Stowell talks about why he as a conservative supports the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples. Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry…

Republican Washington State Senator Cheryl Pflug - Freedom
Republican Washington State Senator Cheryl Pflug - Freedom

Republican State Senator Cheryl Pflug shares her thoughts on the freedom to marry for all.

The Gardner Family - Why Marriage Matters Maine
The Gardner Family - Why Marriage Matters Maine

Harlan Gardner of Machias, ME joined by four generations of his family, talks about what marriage means to him and why it matters to the gay and lesbian people in his life.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry - Second Video
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry - Second Video

Freedom and family are core conservative values, and now is the time for a rising generation of voters and leaders to embrace these virtues and join Young Conservatives for the…

Kip Tokuda - Washington
Kip Tokuda - Washington

Seattle Civic leader Kip Tokuda for Washington United for Marriage

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Tacoma, WA Mayor Marilyn Strickland talks about her support for the freedom to marry.

Pablo Monroy for Washington United for Marriage
Pablo Monroy for Washington United for Marriage

First generation American Pablo Monroy shares his personal story of coming out as gay and why marriage matters to him.

Tammy and Rachel Reim-Ledbetter
Tammy and Rachel Reim-Ledbetter

Tammy and Rachel Reim-Ledbetter of Bonny Lake, WA share why marriage matters to them.

Booed Soldier and Husband Boo the Defense of Marriage Act
Booed Soldier and Husband Boo the Defense of Marriage Act

Captain Steve M. Hill and his husband, Joshua Snyder, discuss how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from honoring legal marriages of…

Audra McDonald Supports President Obama on Marriage
Audra McDonald Supports President Obama on Marriage

Four time Tony Award winning singer and actress Audra McDonald tells why she supports President Obama's announcement of his support for the freedom to marry. Audra is nominated for…

Cancer-Stricken Soldier Fights for Her Life and Her Family’s Equality
Cancer-Stricken Soldier Fights for Her Life and Her Family’s Equality

Army National Guard Chief Charlie Morgan and her wife Karen Morgan talk about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act hurt their family. Pledge to stand with military families…

Win More States Fund Update
Win More States Fund Update

Freedom to Marry's President Evan Wolfson gives an update on the Win More States Fund dedicating to winning marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire and…

Mayor Villaraigosa is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Villaraigosa is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be…

Mayor Strickland is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Strickland is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

Tacoma, WA Mayor Marilyn Strickland speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be…

Mayor Sanders is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Sanders is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to…

Mayor Parker is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Parker is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

Houston Mayor Annise Parker speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to…

Mayor Nutter is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Nutter is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able…

Mayor Menino is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Menino is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to…

Mayor Bloomberg is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry
Mayor Bloomberg is a Mayor for the Freedom to Marry

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to…

Tom Cochran on Mayors for the Freedom to Marry
Tom Cochran on Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO Tom Cochran speaks at the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should…

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Launch
Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Launch

Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors partnered to launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, a broad-based and nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people…

Faith and Marriage
Faith and Marriage

While clergy will never be forced to go against their religious beliefs, Pastor Michael Gray and his wife Robyn describe how their faith supported their journey toward support of…

Parents’ Journey
Parents’ Journey

Paul and Jennette Reddicker discuss their priest's response to their lesbian daughter, and their hope that she will be able to marry in their home.

Family Values
Family Values

Val and Steve describe how the values they taught their daughters led them to support marriage for same sex couples.

Love and Marriage
Love and Marriage

In this video from Freedom to Marry, four couples talk about the true meaning of marriage-- love, commitment and family.

Evan Wolfson at the NYC LGBT Center
Evan Wolfson at the NYC LGBT Center

Evan Wolfson speaks at the community wedding reception at the NYC LGBT Center on July 24, 2011. On that day, 659 couples were married in the city.

Cristina and Monica (Spanish)
Cristina and Monica (Spanish)

Though legally married Cristina and Monica, face possible deportation or separation because the so-called Defense of Marriage Act denies married same-sex couples immigration…

Cristina and Monica (Spanish with English subtitles)
Cristina and Monica (Spanish with English subtitles)

Though legally married, Cristina and Monica faced possible deportation or separation because the so-called Defense of Marriage Act denied married same-sex couples immigration…

George and Farid
George and Farid

George and Farid are a committed couple who have been together for ten years. They own a restaurant in Brooklyn and soon they will be dads. They wanted to marry in New York.

Tobi and Janee
Tobi and Janee

Tobi and Janee were married in Connecticut. Listen to them talk about why marriage is important to them. They are concerned about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act will…

Cristina and Monica
Cristina and Monica

Though legally married, Cristina and Monica face possible deportation or separation because the so-called Defense of Marriage Act denied married same-sex couples immigration…

Ron and Tom’s Story
Ron and Tom’s Story

Tom and Ron's story is a stark example of the kind of injustice same-sex couples faced due to the Defense of Marriage Act.

Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory
Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory

Since 2004, a growing number of states and the District of Columbia ended same sex couple exclusion from marriage. Marriage matters to gay families and together we transformed…

Freedom to Marry’s Sean Eldridge Debates NOM’s Maggie Gallagher after Prop 8 Ruling
Freedom to Marry’s Sean Eldridge Debates NOM’s Maggie Gallagher after Prop 8 Ruling

Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, debated Maggie Gallagher of the so-called "National Organization for Marriage" after a federal judge struck down California's…

Evan Wolfson Speaks at Introduction of House Bill to Repeal DOMA, the Respect for Marriage Act
Evan Wolfson Speaks at Introduction of House Bill to Repeal DOMA, the Respect for Marriage Act

Freedom to Marry Founder and President Evan Wolfson spoke at the House press conference announcing the reintroduction of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the…

Sean Eldridge of Freedom to Marry Debates NOM Pres. Brian Brown after Removal of Iowa Judges
Sean Eldridge of Freedom to Marry Debates NOM Pres. Brian Brown after Removal of Iowa Judges

Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, debated Brian Brown of the so-called "National Organization for Marriage" after Iowa voters removed three Supreme Court…

Sean Eldridge of Freedom to Marry Debates NOM’s Brian Brown on DOMA
Sean Eldridge of Freedom to Marry Debates NOM’s Brian Brown on DOMA

Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, debates Brian Brown of the so-called "National Organization for Marriage" about President Obama's decision to stop defending…

Someone Special
Someone Special

Donnella talks about why marriage matters to her and Jill and why they hope to be able to marry one day.

Sylvia and Tony
Sylvia and Tony

A mother and father are filled with pride and joy from their lesbian daughter's marriage, but also disheartened that she had to leave their home state of Rhode Island to do it.

Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, urges passage of Maryland marriage bill
Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, urges passage of Maryland marriage bill

Sean Eldridge calls on Maryland lawmakers to pass the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act, which will allow loving and committed gay couples to get married in the…

Evan Wolfson talks about marriage for Martin Luther King Day
Evan Wolfson talks about marriage for Martin Luther King Day

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson gives the keynote speech at the University of Michigan Law School's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- a fitting occasion to talk…