Equality is ‘Not The Change’ They Voted For!

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[Opens with sad piano music]

Man: Hey honey!  How are ya?

Woman: Fine.  I guess.

Man: What’s going on?

Woman: Well, Obama is trying to force gay marriage on this country.  That’s not the change I voted for.  Marriage is between a man and a woman.

Man: That’s not the change I voted for either.

Woman: What can we do?

[Sudden weirdly upbeat music]

Man: We can vote for someone with values.

The emotionally manipulative music!  The weird cut-away to to the coffee mug!  The acting!  The procurement of the word “values”!

I tried to find out more about the Campaign for American Values Super PAC but their website is literally only this video and a blue banner with a bald eagle on it.  So… I guess they like America.  

After some snooping, I found out that that ad seems to have cost $28,150.  Money well spent, says I!

My favorite part was the creepy stilted delivery of these two lines:

“Fine.  I guess.” (She really called to mind a sullen, passive aggressive teen!)

“That’s… not… the change I voted for either.” (“Umm… I’m doing some acting here so I should pause in weird spots, right? That’s what acting is!”)

What’s your favorite part?

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • Michael

    Not what I was expecting.  I thought this was a spoof.  I figured the guy would say something about traditional definitions of marriage!  “Where are my other wives… and my concubines?”

    Oh well…   

  • Pseudonym

    This could have made a good point. Say… extrajudicial execution of American citizens who happen to be overseas isn’t the change that most Obama voters voted for either.

    But, of course, you won’t see that ad. Because that’s something that the other side wants to keep.

  • Mad Hen

    For $28.000+, you would have thought they could have hired real actors!  :)

  • http://twitter.com/blamer ɹǝɯɐןq

    The word “force” suggests that changing Her laws will coerce America into marrying someone she doesn’t want to.

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    Other than Obama not enforcing DOMA…what has Obama done to FORCE gay marriage on the country?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Worst acting ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001627228091 Alexander Ryan

    My sides hurt from laughter. 

  • RobMcCune

    I couldn’t help chuckling, acting and dialogue are so stilted and forced, it reminds me of red letter media.

    Why did the husband say hello to his wife when he was already in the kitchen? Wouldn’t he have said hi when walked in rather than after he had gotten his coffee? Do they only acknowledge each other after an undefined period of silence? If so what does it say about their marriage?

    Why does the wife need to tell her husband that marriage is between a man and a woman? It’s been a national political issue for 8 years. Wouldn’t they have talked about it during that time? If not, why not? Are they recently married? If so wouldn’t they have talked about the definition of marriage before they got married? It seems like an important question since both of them seem to take marriage seriously.

    If that’s not the change either of them voted for, what was the change they voted for? Did Obama accomplish that? What would they do if had? Obama has probably done lots things they didn’t think of when they voted for him. Is that their response to all of those? 

    Why does the wife need to ask her husband what they can do?  Did she honestly not know? How was she able to vote for change last time? In the interim did she forgot that voting can affect political change? If so should she really be allowed to vote this time? 

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    “‘Force‘ gay marriage on this country”? Is that the same kind of the “forcing” of interracial marriage on this country a generation ago?

    I remember it vividly.  I was 17 when the Supreme Court “forcibly” struck down the last of the remaining miscegenation laws in the U.S, recklessly ignoring the same dire warnings that “people with values” are trying to warn us of now: that interracial marriage (and now same-sex marriage) would destroy the institution of marriage, that it would be psychologically destructive to children, and that it would even lead to the collapse of civilization.

    Well, it has been 45 years since that fateful day, and it all came to pass: marriage was destroyed, children were destroyed, and civilization collapsed, and I died in the chaotic world-wide holocaust from millions of rabid, insane, mixed-race people.

  • vexorian


    Like marrying many women at once!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Wright/1451447525 Bruce Wright

    Someone put this ad in a bottle and open it in a decade or two.  It’ll be as offensive as “whites only” drinking fountains are today.

  • Sceptic

    Total disregard of the views of the majority is not forcing in communist regimes either.

  • Thalfon

    Wait, so this is for real? If they tried to run an ad like that in Canada, they would lose the election the moment it aired. It is seriously depressing that there are enough people against gay marriage in America that they think an ad like this will actually gain them voters (whether or not they’re right about that).

  • Sceptic

    Great. If you can find those who make enough money to keep you or at least keep themselves. It should go the other way too!

  • newavocation

    Judging from the coffee cup, the couple must not be Mormons. I wonder if Miff will allow his cabinet to drink coffee. I also wonder if Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21 will become law or at least be posted like the ten commandments. 

  • Alex

    - Hey, honey. How are ya?
    - Well, Obama is trying to force gay marriage on this country.  That’s not the change I voted for.  Marriage is…
    - That’s… nice. By the way, why are you still talking? And where the hell is my damn sammich? Women these days…

  • Sceptic

    She voted for change because she did not ask the first question that would pop into any questioning mind. Change? For the worse? The political masters are expects at manipulation but apparently she didn’t realize that.

    Taken in by a wide smile but forget to look at the cold eyes? There is a story that Augustus Caesar smiled even before killing his opponents. Taken by the deep voice that the experts say convey more trust? There is no limit to human gullibility.

  • Alexandertimothy08

    Yes, because giving people the right to get married is the same as forcing everyone to get gay married, boy my grandparents are sure in for a shock.

  • Octoberfurst

     I would have loved to see what you were like if you lived during the Civil Right era. You would have probably made the same argument except it would be about segregation. The majority–i.e. White folks–didn’t want Blacks going to their schools or coming into their neighborhoods.  So why would the big, bad government go against the “will of the people.”  Yep you would have fit in well.

  • Alex

    The majority has no say over someone’s rights, especially when those rights have shit to do with the said majority.

  • Octoberfurst

     What a pathetic video this is. Where did they get the “actors”? Maybe from a local church group perhaps?  The woman looks like she has just eaten an excrement sandwich and the man looks clueless. (Gays are getting married?? Really?)  And I loved the part when she said that Obama was FORCING  gay marriage on America.  I guess she thinks that means that she must now divorce her hubby and go marry a woman.
      But the part that really got my goat was when he said they were just going to have to vote for someone with “values.”  So wanting gays to be able to be married means that I don’t have “values”? How arrogant and condescending!

  • Canadian Atheist, eh!

    My favourite part is the part where it ends. ;^)

  • Trickster Goddess

    Ha! Love the stats on YouTube: 183 likes, 17,923 dislikes

  • Andrew Bernhardt

     A majority of Americans support marriage equality.  Secondly, if the
    majority favors something which is unconstitutional, it REMAINS
    unconstitutional, so your argument fails for two reasons.

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium

    I was waiting for the punchline:

    “That’s not the change I voted for either…I voted for threesomes!”

    My kids say the punchline is the “vote for Romney” part.

  • Keulan

    My favorite part is the massive amount of dislikes the video has compared to likes. I made sure to add to that already large number of dislikes.

  • Martin

    Is the husband saying he didn’t vote for marriage to be defined as between a man and a woman?  No wonder the wife is so upset, her husband is trying to marry a guy.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Calling yourself “Sceptic” suggests that you appreciate evidence instead of assumptions and wishful thinking. You seem to be clinging to an assumption and wishful thinking when you suggest that the majority of the U.S. still oppose same-sex marriage.  Nope.

    It looks like favoring same-sex marriage gained the majority at least eleven months ago. A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life in October 2011 showed that 46% favored legalizing same-sex marriage, 44% opposed it, and 9% didn’t know. http://www.pewforum.org/Gay-Marriage-and-Homosexuality/Religion-and-Attitudes-Toward-Same-Sex-Marriage.aspx

    The majority is not just growing, it’s accelerating. The Pew Forum states in its analysis published in February 2012, “The public has gradually become more supportive of granting legal recognition to same-sex marriages over the past 15 years, with support increasing more steeply in recent years.”

    Much more recently, smaller surveys such as the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll on August 25, 2012 showed that 53% of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage, 42% oppose it, and 5% are unsure. You can check out this survey and others with similar results here: http://www.pollingreport.com/civil.htm

    There are plenty of problems with your implied argument that a majority should be what determines whether or not adults should have the right to marry the adults they wish to marry. If majorities were what determined our basic civil liberties instead of the Constitution, this country would be a nightmare of Balkanized, nasty little tyrannies voting to take from all sorts of minorities their rights, their freedom, their property, and even their lives.  

    But besides that, here you have credible evidence that the majority you were assuming no longer exists, so now you can realign yourself with the new majority.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1685304633 Rebecca Friedman

    My buddy says his favorite part is the “Viagra-ad music at the end.”  I’m inclined to agree.  

  • Piet

    Maybe real actors declined after reading the script.

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

     Gotta love the “acting.” I’d be offended, but it’s just too darn funny!

  • Bender


    Total disregard of the views of the majority is not forcing in communist regimes either.

    I thought you were all for “personal liberties”, and “individual freedoms”, and whatnot.

  • Mike Laing

    LMAO. There are some hilarious comments here – “Why are you still talking..”

    This is so typical of religious productions. I’m living in a religious/fundamentalist  spread (recovery from addiction) and I’ve seen many, many videos, along with reading Purpose driven life and the like. Even the writing is so fricken over the top and emotionally sappy – every single one, full length movies also.

    These people seem to honestly think they’re living in a soap opera, except their writing and acting is worse!!

  • Sam

    My SO Becky showed me this and I said, “screw it, I’mma play with that one.”


    She did not vote for this change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ateista.sveta Ateista Sveta

     “‘Force’ gay marriage on this country”? Is that the same kind of the “forcing” of interracial marriage on this country a generation ago? – Yes!

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    I have no idea what it was you think you were trying to say just now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000473841166 Paul Paulus

    Do you have your own blog? I always love reading your stuff here… 

  • Sam

    Oh hi, didn’t see you there. :)

  • Glasofruix

    May i suggest that you shut the fuck up unless you have something relevant/smart to say?

  • Good and Godless

    At least he used the formal “honey” instead of the informal ‘hon”.

    He is a considerate male – setting his coffee on a coaster of Koch Krothers Knapkins.  

    No “ring” on his finger…. she has one.

    She “reads”, above the fold – and it is a challenge causing much furrowing of brow.

    His frame includes appliances – linking males and power tools. Her frame includes the food, and later a bookshelf – she should learn at home at his knee after all.

  • Skjaere

    I can guess what my mother would say about this ad without even showing it to her. She would say that it was probably made by Democrats to make Republicans look like idiots. As if Republicans need much help with that these days.

  • Baby_Raptor

    You’re talking about stuff that doesn’t really matter, Pseudonym. What *really* matters is that those of us with Real True ‘Murkan Values can force them on everyone else. So what if the President wants to let some unpatriotic country skipper get sniped? Women are killing babies! 2 people of the same sex think that they’re normal! THOSE THINGS are actual problems! 

    (snark, if anyone missed it)

  • Baby_Raptor

    Do some basic research, buddy. The majority opinion hasn’t been against marriage equality for awhile. And even if it was, rights aren’t subject to majority whim. 

  • Baby_Raptor

    No, it takes a truly damaged and deranged person to automatically assume the worst about someone just because of their skin colour or their political views. Maybe you should seek help.

  • NickDB

    As someone who has spent only about a month in the US of A I can say there are many wonderful and just as many strange things about you American’s.

    But the weirdest most difficult thing to understand, is how the hell is a politican’s stance on gay marriage, or religion an important criteria when deciding who the hell to vote for?

    It SEEMS to be just as if not more important than their stance on the economy, foreign policy, crime, business, taxes etc. It is very very odd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    I don’t get it… Obama hasn’t done anything to force gay marriage. He doesn’t even promise to fight for marriage equality laws. He has personal beliefs about it that have translated to absolutely nothing in terms of policy.

  • Jessica

    Thanks!  I do have a (sadly neglected) personal blog at http://bluebury.blogspot.com/

    It’s been largely abandoned since I started writing here, though.

  • grindstone

    Religion took center stage in our political circus during the Reagan era, when the right co-opted the phrase “family values” and started romanticizing a past that only existed for a few white, relatively affluent citizens. However, they did a bang-up job of it, creating a spectre of godless liberals (hi!) that rode into churches on gay pride floats to smack the bibles out of childrens’ hands. I blame the end of the cold war….when the Soviet Union broke up, we were without a bogeyman. The new bogeymen, the IsLAMic turrrrorists, unfortunately serve to turn the knob up on religionism.

    The funny thing is that the vast majority of Americans, even the ones that claim to be religious, really aren’t. Even a great many church-goers, in my opinion, don’t translate that activity much beyond Sunday morning at 11:00.

  • Vivian

    Their marriage would have been illegal at one time too.

  • Draeko

     It’s like what happened with the recent Alberta provincial election.  The new Wild Rose party was expected to overcome the PCs until a couple of the running members made derogatory remarks about gays and non-white people.  Even in the most conservative province in Canada, remarks like those killed their chances.  Made me proud to have moved here!

  • Ben

    It’s nice how Tim and Eric are still finding work.

  • Liberated Liberal

    I actually don’t see cold eyes.  Never have.  Bush’s on the other hand…yes. Mitt’s- absolutely cold and conniving.  Obama’s, not so much.

    But keep repeating what you hear without actually thinking about it.  It makes you look very smart, indeed.  People respect that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

    They always forget to add, “as long as Jesus approves of them.” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

    As someone who has lived in America all my life, I 100% agree with you, but unfortunately, it’s easy to use gay marriage to sway certain people so politicians will use it just to get votes.

  • Liberated Liberal

    I’m chomping at the bit to move there, too.  You wouldn’t happen to have any job openings, would you?  :)

    I’m embarrassed by my country.  It doesn’t align in any way with what I believe in.  Add in the fact that at a healthy 30 years old, I am incapable of getting health insurance, and I have no reason to live here anymore.  It’s just gross.

  • Liberated Liberal

    My dad would say the same thing!

  • Crigler

    I live in Canada and it already looks like that from here…

  • WoodwindsRock

    Wait, wait, wait… I really thought I was watching a spoof. Everything about it seemed so fake and over-the-top. You’re telling me this is actually real? Considering how nonsensical the fight against same-sex marriage is I guess I can believe it.. but seriously… That is so bad it looks like a spoof.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000473841166 Paul Paulus

    rite moar stuff mkay?

  • A3Kr0n

     You have an odd take on some things I just don’t understand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mieke.kuppen Mieke Kuppen

    My favorite part is where the guy says “that´s not the change I voted for either” while looking like he´s got something to confess. If only she hadn´t been so judgemental – he might have finally had the courage to come out.

  • vexorian

     But then he would never say anything at all.

  • kaydenpat

    Why isn’t supporting same sex couples getting married supporting “values”?  I know of same sex couples who have been married to their spouses longer than Newt Gingrich and his conservative ilk. 

    The problem with this ad is that no one believes that this ultra-conservative couple actually voted for Obama in 2008.  No way.

  • http://twitter.com/blamer ɹǝɯɐןq

    Voters confuse democracy with majoritarianism.

    Politicians conflate legality with morality.

    It’s a match made in a theocrat’s heaven.

  • Powerblade54

    I know it’s acting and all but… hehe… if you look at the way the man replies to her it’s almost like he’s just saying it so she would shut up. He was like “Oooooh..Yeaaaaaahh… me toooo… i was like oh NO TO THE GAY MARRIGE.. oh hell no, i wasn’t like..yeah or nothing, no thats not me ” Made me giggle. Anyways I don’t see why people make such a big fuss over the whole gay marriage thing, let people do what they desire, it’s not like other peoples marriages will be destroyed….

  • Smeatknight

    The sanctity of marriage was destroyed long long ago when the concept of divorce came into play.