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Compelling television ad campaign featuring Houston gay and lesbian couples talking candidly about marriage to air in Houston

Date: 
October 11, 2005

Bold new ads oppose Proposition 2; target Houston-area newscast audiences
First time gay couples tell their stories on air in bid for marriage rights

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

To view ads visit www.thetaskforce.org/media/epress.cfm

HOUSTON, Oct. 11 — A compelling television ad campaign featuring Houston gay and lesbian couples talking about the importance of marriage will hit the Texas airwaves Wednesday October 12. on NBC CBS and Fox affliates. This is the first-ever TV ad campaign to spotlight same-sex couples discussing what marriage equality means to them. The campaign, sponsored by the Vote Against the Amendment Committee, a project of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, comprises six commercials in opposition to Proposition 2, the proposed state constitutional ban on legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Texas.

According to the U.S. Census, there are nearly 43,000 same-sex couples in Texas; the Houston metro area ranks 44th (of 331 metropolitan areas defined by the Census) as having the greatest number of same-sex couples.

The ads will air on KHOU, KPRC and K RIV (CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates) on newscasts throughout the week of Oct. 10. They will premiere Oct. 11 on:
  • KPRC (NBC) 5-6 a.m. on Early AM News
  • KRIV (Fox) 5-6 a.m. on Fox 26 Early News
  • KHOU (CBS) 6 p.m. on 11 News at 6PM
A press conference will be held in Houston Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. - noon Bering Memorial United Methodist 1440 Harold Street Speakers include families who appear in the ads and local leaders

The Task Force launched the Vote Against the Amendment Committee in August 2005 to help defeat Proposition 2. The committee and the Task Force are working in partnership with a coalition of state and local groups in Texas that are part of the No Nonsense in November campaign

Political advertising paid for by Vote Against the Amendment Committee.

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