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New Marriage Equality Videos
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/15/12
Last updated on: 02/16/12
 
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As the debate on marriage equality heats up across the world, a number of new videos have been released. Video activism is by no means new, but in the age of YouTube gay videographers have seized upon the medium as a means of reaching a large audience with a simple and heartfelt message about the joy of commitment, one that is made poignant and urgent through drama, image, and music.

Perhaps the gold standard of marriage equality videos is the Australian release entitled "It's Time." Telling a straightforward but richly detailed story about the universality of emotions, the video, produced by GetUp, an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organization that has adopted marriage equality as a cause, immediately went viral upon its release in November 2011.

A recent video produced for the Italian gay rights groups Arcigay, Agedo, and Bologna Pride also tells a simple story that equates homosexual and heterosexual love.

Ti sposerò - Gay Marriage from WEDDINGITALIA FILM on Vimeo.

Eliot London's film "The Wedding Dance" tells the same simple story, but from a slightly different perspective.

The socially conscious band Bye June (Gil Kline, Gunner Sledgeski, and Daniel McGreal) recently collaborated with shadowgrapher Sati Achath to create a video based on their song "Shades of Purple" from their recent cd My Life Is an Independent Film. The band has dedicated the video to the cause of marriage equality, particularly in Maryland, where a bill legalizing same-sex marriage is currently before the state legislature.

Bye June has established a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/swanpride. The page is open to comments from 'swans' who have joined the movement; it contains many touching stories shared by young people.

More lighthearted is this delightful video posted by a Connecticut couple who made the video to be played before their wedding reception in late 2011. Although studiedly avoiding the political, the video beautifully captures the mundanity of gay domestic life, as well as the pleasing personalities of the two men.

Finally, the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting homophobia and racism and to empowering black glbtq people, has released excerpts from a documentary, Black Love: The Quest for Marriage Equality. Although more overtly political than the other videos, the film, by following four gay and lesbian couples on their quest to marry, demonstrates in very personal ways how a commitment to love impacts people's lives regardless of sexual orientation.

 
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