Gay cou­ple fea­ture in Clin­ton cam­paign video

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

When Jared Mil­rad and Nate John­son par­tic­i­pated in a video about “big changes,” they had no idea their same-sex wed­ding plans would fea­ture in Sun­day’s cam­paign launch by Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Friends called to say they saw the pair walk­ing hand in hand in what quickly be­came one of the most widely viewed po­lit­i­cal clips of the year.

“We were both out shop­ping, work­ing on wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions,” Mil­rad told AFP, over­joyed to be part of the Clin­ton roll­out — and part of a large-scale change in U.S. so­cial at­ti­tudes.

“It shows how far we’ve come,” said the 31- year- old lawyer, pleased that public sup­port for same- sex mar­riage rights has grown so far as to ap­pear in a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign launch.

The same-sex cou­ple were only one in a di­verse se­ries of as­pira- tional Amer­i­cans fea­tured in the Clin­ton ad, which casts a broad de­mo­graphic net as she hunts for a win­ning coali­tion of vot­ers.

It fea­tures Span­ish- speak­ing broth­ers pre­par­ing to start a busi­ness, a mother seek­ing to re­turn to the work force, an AsianAmer­i­can col­lege grad­u­ate and ex­pec­tant African-Amer­i­can par­ents.

“Ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans need a cham­pion, and I want to be that cham­pion,” Clin­ton says. “So I’m hit­ting the road to earn your vote.”

Mil­rad was one of the fea­tured ev­ery­day Amer­i­can op­ti­mists to get a speak­ing part, ex­plain­ing: “I’m get­ting mar­ried this sum­mer, to some­one I re­ally care about.”

The vi­brant clip, set to snappy mu­sic and fea­tur­ing Clin­ton for less than half the video’s length, is a dra­matic de­par­ture from Clin­ton’s drab an­nounce­ment of seven years ago.

The video which kicked off her for­mer un­suc­cess­ful cam­paign showed Clin­ton on a couch, talk­ing about end­ing the Iraq war, shrink­ing deficits and ex­pand­ing af­ford­able health care.

It made no men­tion of same­sex unions. Barack Obama, the can­di­date who beat her to the White House, was per­son­ally op­posed to same-sex mar­riage in 2008 and only re­cently con­verted to the cause.

“It’s a sea change in progress that we see in our coun­try,” Mil­rad said.

Min­utes af­ter the Clin­ton an­nounce­ment, Mil­rad took to Twit­ter to of­fer his en­dorse­ment — and to in­vite Clin­ton to the up­com­ing Mil­rad-John­son nup­tials.

“We have not of­fi­cially heard from Hil­lary,” ad­mit­ted John­son, a health con­sul­tant. “We are go­ing to ex­tend an op­tion of a plu­sone for her. She’ll prob­a­bly want to bring some­one.”

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