On Sunday, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for president in 2016 via a 2-plus minute video that featured a montage of middle-class Americans, including a same-sex couple holding hands with a voiceover about getting married this summer as a centerpiece — what one Times reporter wrote "would have been unimaginable even in the President Obamare-elect in 2012."
That gay Chicago couple, Jared Milrad (31) and Nathan Johnson (30), told the Washington Blade that they didn't know exactly what they were getting involved with three weeks ago when they agreed to participate in a video for the HRC campaign. As Johnson told the Blade on Sunday during a telephone interview:
“When we were first contacted, they basically told us a little bit about what they would be doing and said they were interviewing people going through big changes in life and also said that it was something affiliated with Hillary, but didn’t exactly say what it would be. So they just mainly wanted to hear our story about that and our life and decision to get married and how we’re dealing with that and how excited we are about that.”
The coupld weren't aware it was to be included in the campaign video until they saw it on Sunday, as Milrad explained:
"We were really excited to see that our interview was featured in the campaign announcement. It was particularly moving to see Secretary Clinton feature a gay couple engaged to be legally married, the first of any major presidential candidate. To us, this decision demonstrates Secretary Clinton’s commitment to LGBT equality and the type of inclusive leader she would be as president.”
After the video was released, the couple also tweeted out an "invite" to Clinton to join them for their wedding day, writing: "Thanks for inviting us to your big day @HillaryClinton. We're returning the favor & inviting you to ours. #wedding"
Milrad and Johnson aren't the only same-sex couple in the campaign video. A lesbian couple exchanges a brief kiss toward the end before it concludes — butthe identity of the other couple is unknown at this time.