The Human Rights Campaign is still dizzy from its FOUR victories in 2012 election – Maryland, Maine and Washington State approved gay marriage ballot measures, and the state of Minnesota failed to outright ban gay-marriage, which was also on that state’s ballot this year. But the fight for equal marriage rights (and larger equality rights) is still going strong. So the Human Rights Campaign has begun to air a new commercial, and they’re getting some help from the man who is known as “the Voice of God.” In fact, Gawker’s headline was “‘God’ Is Now Supporting Gay Marriage”. Morgan Freeman, 75, is letting it be known that he believes in full marriage equality by doing an HRC voiceover. Which is awesome:
Invoking iconic imagery of women’s suffrage and Martin Luther King Jr., the nation’s largest LGBT group will begin airing a television ad on Sunday morning news shows highlighting this month’s votes on marriage equality as momentum for further movement on the issue.
“Now, across our country, we’re standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love,” narrator Morgan Freeman says in the ad. “And, with historic victories for marriage, we’ve delivered a mandate for full equality. The wind is at our back, but our journey has just begun.”
The ad will be running throughout the coming week, Human Rights Campaign vice president Fred Sainz told BuzzFeed.
HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement, “This year proved to be a pivotal turning point in the movement for marriage equality and now we press onward with renewed vigor and public opinion squarely on our side. As we continue the march toward full equality in legislatures and the courts, it is crystal clear that the prospect of an equal future is no longer up for debate; the question now is how soon it will arrive.”
The ad comes as the Supreme Court is due on Nov. 30 to consider whether it will hear cases in the coming year addressing whether the Defense of Marriage Act or California’s Proposition 8 are constitutional.
The strong push on the marriage front comes even as some others are pressing for HRC to highlight other issues, including workplace protections, in the wake of November’s elections.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban most private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees, remains unlikely to pass in Congress due to the House Republican leadership’s opposition. Advocates have pressed President Obama to take a first step and ban federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people by executive order. Obama declined to do so in April, but advocates — including Griffin — have said that such an order is a key ask from the White House.
It’s crazy to me that federal employees could be fired for being LGBT in this day and age. It’s insane to me that Pres. Obama failed to sign it as an executive order. And it’s flat-out crackie that Congress can’t pass a non-discrimination bill. Ugh. Well, I’m glad that Morgan Freeman is standing up for the gay community, even if there’s some serious sketchiness in his private life. Will the voice of God change things? I hope so… but mostly it just feels like every year, there are more and more people who simply don’t care enough to want to discriminate, you know? Is a general apathy towards the human rights cause a victory? When people are like, “F—k it, I don’t really care who is allowed to marry or who does what to whom in their private life. It doesn’t affect me.”
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