SAVE, one of South Florida’s best-known LGBT-rights groups, has produced a campaign video, Why We Vote, in support of candidates including Democrats Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo.
“I’m voting because Rick Scott and Pam Bondi refuse to recognize our marriage,” says SAVE board chairman Christian Ulvert, seen on-camera with his husband Carlos Andrade. Both men are plaintiffs in the ACLU of Florida’s federal lawsuit against Florida’s constitutional gay marriage ban.
Here’s the complete SAVE news release about the video:
Coinciding with the start of early voting, in a just-released television spot entitled 'Why We Vote,' supporters of South Florida advocacy group SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone) urge voters to turn out for pro-equality candidates endorsed by SAVE Action PAC such as Charlie Crist for Governor.
“This election is personal for me because we have a Governor who refuses to recognize my marriage," says SAVE Board Chairman Christian Ulvert to the camera, alongside husband Carlos Andrade. Ulvert and Andrade are one of eight plaintiff couples fighting alongside widow Arlene Goldberg, SAVE, and the ACLU of Florida in court to overturn Florida's discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage.
In an email to supporters of SAVE announcing the organization's final get out the vote push before the November 4 election, Ulvert appealed for help to buy airtime for the ad as well as funds for voter canvasses, phone banks, and get out the vote events.
"All told, we're looking to set a new record of turn out among equality voters in make-or-break races for pro-equality candidates," wrote Ulvert. “We have the opportunity elect for the first time a pro-equality Governor and Lt. Governor in Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo."
The commercial is currently airing on targeted cable zones in Miami-Dade.
"We're in it to win it, and with such close races like the one for Governor, we think we can make the difference between a win for a pro-equality candidate like Charlie Crist or a win for an opponent of equality like Governor Scott," said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. "In confident that with the plan we have in place, and with the support of the community, we can make sure the voters turn out to secure a win for equality."
The get out the vote effort is the final step of SAVE's TOGETHER2014 initiative to elect candidates and pass policies that are pro-equality. With early voting now open, South Floridian supporters of LGBT equality are urged to go to savedade.org/vote to print out a pro-equality voter guide before casting their vote.