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Video still from "Homecoming."
The U.K.'s Coalition for Equal Marriage has released a new video to encourage support for the government's plans to institute marriage equality in England and Wales. Directed by Mike Buonaiuto, the short film dramatizes British forces returning home to their loved ones.
A campaign established by partners Conor Marron and James Lattimore, the Coalition for Equal Marriage has become the leading organization campaigning in support of Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to end the ban on civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. During the government's current "consultation" on marriage equality, the Coalition is urging grassroots support to counter the opposition to equal marriage loudly announced by religious organizations.
Implicit in the film is the argument that if individuals are willing to risk their lives by serving in the British military, they deserve equal marriage rights.
Britain's PinkNews helped make, distribute, and promote the film.
Director Mike Buonaiuto told PinkNews, "One day I would like to marry my partner of almost 5 years. And the celebration of our commitment should mean no more or less than any other straight couple. I made the film to promote change and also inspire others to use their creativity to support equality."
The film stars stage actor James Knight and film actor Lew Smart.
In the video below, director Mike Buonaiuto discusses the making of "Homecoming."