WASHINGTON — In announcing Hillary Clinton’s run for president of the United States on Sunday, her campaign staff included a same-sex couple in her video presentation.
According to reports, the video was to have focused on “everyday Americans,” and included short segments of citizens talking about what they are “getting ready” for, including preparing for a baby, opening a business and moving to a new area with better schools.
Included in the mix were two men who hold hands as one of them declares, “I’m getting married this summer to someone I really care about.”
“I’m getting ready to do something too,” Clinton soon announces. “I’m running for president.”
“Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion,” she states. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote, because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
The men, Jared Milrad, 31, and Nathan Johnson, 30, state that they had been asked to be a part of campaign footage because of their plans, but didn’t know that the recording was for Clinton’s official announcement.
“I think we were both very excited and pleased and a little surprised because we didn’t know when our appearance was and we didn’t know we would be in the announcement video,” Milrad told ABC News. “I think there’s a feeling of a responsibility we both have … that we are the face of the gay community in the video. … We just want to do that justice and be a voice as much as possible for the LGBT community.”
The two have now invited Clinton to their ceremony.
Following release of the video, Russia’s Dozhd TV marked the footage for 18 and up, out of concerns that it might violate the country’s “gay propaganda” law, which prohibits promoting homosexuality to youth.
As previously reported, last year, Clinton told the New York Times that the Bible “made [her] who [she is] today.”
“At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking,” she stated. “I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement.”
But her statement drew a mixed reaction, with some praising her and others stating that the fruit of her life is far from biblical.
“My first reaction is ‘Sure,’ but when I think about it most of us have been heavily influenced by the Bible simply because we grew up [in the Bible Belt], and there are some good lessons in there from Jesus like do unto others and caring for the sick and hungry,” one wrote. “I’m an atheist and I despise the religious fundy right, but I have to admit that I do like the philosophy of Jesus.”
“Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking’ is a half-truth,” another stated. “The parts of the Bible that speak of the inherent value of human life (children in the womb included) and about the abomination of homosexuality etc., etc., do not ‘influence’ her thinking at all. Indeed, she flatly contradicts them with her carnal dialectic ‘reasoning’ through which she evaluates God’s word rather than the other way around, thereby, negating God’s authority in her life.”