Local Man Featured in National Respect for Marriage TV Ad
Richmond Native and VCU student Keyan Herron is featured briefly in a nationally running television and internet ad that hopes to garner support for same-sex marriage.
“Respect for Marraige – Journey” is a 30-second spot created by the Respect for Marriage campaign. The campaign is focused on DOMA as it goes before the Supreme Court this week. It features LGBT people standing with family members or friends explaining why they support same-sex marriage. Part of a million dollar ad buy, the ad is running nationally this week. According to a post by the Respect for Marriage campaign, “The ad taps into a major reason for increase support for gay marriage: the experience of knowing gay people.”
In the spot, Keyan Herron stands with his brother, Colin, who explains he supports gay marriage because his brother Keyan is gay. “I was excited, I wasn’t too keyed into what the Respect for Marriage Coalition was doing.” said Keyan. “I’d followed the debate and the issues pretty closely. It was an exciting opportunity; a chance to do more.”
Keyan, who’s studying political science and urban planning at VCU, went up to DC for the shoot on Saturday, March 16th. The shoot was brief and fairly straight forward. “I didn’t get a chance to meet anyone else who was featured, they shot segments one at a time. I’m sure they take 1000′s of different shots, one of which they end up using.” Said Keyan. “It was a nice, pleasant experiences. I had a lot of fun.”
Keyan said his brother, and the rest of his family, have always been very supportive of his sexuality and his marriage. Keyan plans to marry his long time boyfriend, Cameron Hunt, in a ceremony this summer. While it’s not legal here in Virginia, the happy couple still plans to hold the ceremony here. “We’re gonna have a “same gender holy union”, which is almost verbatim a straight wedding,” said Keyan. They plan to honey moon to a state that does have legal gay marriage after the ceremony, and get the paperwork and licence officially.
(Keyan Herron and fiancé Cameron Hunt, with their dog Clover)
Even if the state doesn’t recognize their marriage, Keyan knows he’s got the support they need here in town. “No matter how things turn out in the near future [concerning gay marriage], it’s not gonna change the commitment we have to each other. We’re gonna take our vows, and I know our friends and family and a good chunk of our community is very supportive of us, and they’ll call it a marriage.”
The folks at the Richmond Business Alliance have a special event planned for those interested in better understanding how the downfall of DOMA will affect same-sex couples here in VA. Attorney Katie D. Fletcher, financial advisor Patrick McAleer, and CPA Glen Cooper will all speak about their respective industries and how LGBTQ Virginians can utilize them [...]February 5, 2014
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