In addition to my appreciation for living in a state that treats me and Spouse as equal citizens, I also have appreciation for working for a company that treats me the same way. Many of my colleagues within the company and a few on my team are GLBT. Our franchise has made the decision to show all kinds of people in their national ads.
In "The Call" a gay male couple is among those who receive the happy news that their home has sold:
In "Moving" a lesbian couple shares a bite of their wedding cake:
While not the focus of the ads, I think its important to acknowledge the intentional presence of GLBT folks in advertising. I really think it helps 'normalize' us to the general public, showing the milestones in life shared by everyone.
I don't take for granted that my community and employer contribute to the sense of safety and peace of mind I experience.